Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Gift Of Pure Being

Many, many years ago I happen to see a made for television - mini series movie. It was based on Ray Bradbury's - The Martian Chronicles. By all indications this was a low budget sci-fi re-run, but one amazing conversation stood out for me and has to this very day. It was in a scene on Mars between a Martian (ghost) and an Earthling (Rock Hudson). Suddenly this B movie said one of the most profound things I had ever heard. I thought this dialog could be found in the original text of Ray Bradburys book but I have since learned that the scene was based on a short story by Bradbury, not part of The Martian Chronicles. I hurriedly wrote down the words and have kept them close at hand all these years. I was reminded of it recently - so I thought I'd share it.
The Earthling asks about the "secret of life".
"Secret …. There is no secret. Anyone with eyes can see the way to live …. By watching life, observing nature, and cooperating with it. Making common cause with the process of existence …. By living life for itself, don't you see? Deriving pleasure from the gift of pure being .… Life is its own answer. Accept it and enjoy it day by day. Live as well as possible. Expect no more. Destroy nothing, humble nothing, look for fault in nothing. Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful. Hold that which lives in all reverence. For life is given by the sovereign of our universe; given to be savored, to be luxuriated in, to be respected."


love.boxes said...

Those last 3 lines especially are simply beautiful.. I guess because they are so true. Thanks for sharing that... I just love it!

Lisa said...

I had to read the martian chronicles in, I think 7th or 8th grade, and totally loved it. Strangely, I was suprised, even then, by how profound the book was. Im going to the library for library time on Friday with my tater tot. Guess what I am going to revisit?!
Thanks for the reminder, girlfriend!
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Anonymous said...

You are too awesome and so is your blog!

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