- 2 months ago
One of the best scenes I’ve ever seen on film.
Most people live in self-created pits most of the time.
They want something/ to get somewhere bad, but they clinge to the known - percieved as a false notion of security. But this notion of security is a trap (the pit).
And then there is the fear of failure.. Not making it (not making the climb). Bruce says he is afraid of dying in the pit.
So the old man says “Then make the climb”, implying that there is nothing else to do.
He doesn’t want to stay where he is and he wants to get out of the pit (make the change).
But Bruce says “HOW?”.. This examples very well the discouragement that fear brings. Because the path is very clear to him (As he knows exactly what he has to do to make the climb - make the jump to the ledge), but the fear of losing what he has now -only his life (sense of security) is stronger.
So the old man says “Without the rope”.
He has to put himself into a position of insecurity (which he is in anyway, he only didn’t realize it - he does not have anything to lose, but the life he doesn’t want to live - he’s afraid of dying in the pit).
Once he realizes this, he knows he NEEDS to do it. That’s where his courage stems from.
Now he has to jump to the ledge with no rope to save him (no sense of security to clinge to) and no other option but to make the climb, if he wants to follow his calling (helping the people of Gotham).
And once he decides to do it, he trusts his instincts to take over (fear of death).
The pit represents being alive, but not living.
The climb represents the struggle and the way to real living.
Follow your heart’s calling and trust your senses, your instincts.
Do you know that even the word “person” originally means “mask”…
So is this image of yourself - who you think you are as a person, the real deep down you? Or is it merely a representation of your character, an act?
Do you sincerely know the real you?
Can you stop trying to be someone? Can you drop the idea of a self? Can you stop identifying with the image? Can you let go of the act..?
Can you be totally and completely transparent, totally and completely real?
Who are you?
I wish neither to possess,
Nor to be possessed.
I no longer covet paradise,
More important, I no longer fear hell.
The medicine for my suffering
I had within me from the very beginning,
But I did not take it.
My ailment came from within myself,
But I did not observe it
Until this moment.
Now I see that I will never find the light
Unless, like the candle, I am my own fuel,
~ Bruce Lee
- 5 months ago