I doubt anyone who speaks with such certainty about anything, especially life. None of these ideas seem to resonate with me at all. I am deeply reminded of the dogma put forth by the motivational speaker character in the movie Donnie Darko
. I believe his main philosophy was something like "life is a spectrum of either fear or love, you're aligned with one or the other" or something like that.
I found an illustrative quote to help me make my point. For those who haven't seen this movie, the student (Donnie) is asked by his teacher (Farmer - who has bought into this dogma completely) whether finding a wallet, keeping the cash and returning it would be aligned with "love" or "fear":
| Donnie: Life isn't that simple. I mean who cares if Ling Ling returns the wallet and keeps the money? It has nothing to do with either fear or love. |
Kitty Farmer: Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions.
Donnie: Okay. But you're not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here. Like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can't just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else!
I know the book will expand upon these ideas (truth, love, power) and I eagerly await it with an open mind, but I feel a lot like Donnie Darko right now.