My favourite movie

Have you seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a 2004 romantic comedy science fiction movie starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet? It’s my all-time favourite movie because … I don’t know. It just draws me to it again and again. I just watched the movie again just now. The nth time. According to Wikipedia:

The title is taken from the poem Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope, the story of a tragic love affair, where forgetfulness became the heroine’s only comfort:

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;

Ruminate on each of the line above. How beautiful it is, no? Is happiness the absence of unhappiness? Forgetting is a process. It’s not like you can swallow a pill and wake up the next day and forget about everything. Although it brings to mind David Foster Wallace’s This is Water speech – it’s more of how we think about things that matters.

Eternal sunshine – come to I.
Though preserve that spotted mind.
Memories are what make I
Accept this oxymoronic prayer of mine.


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