Eclectic Curiosity

I [Heart] Huckabees

Posted on March 19th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Existential detective Bernard Jaffe (Dustin Hoffman) explaining to activist/poet Albert Markovski (Jason Schwartzman) the interconnectedness of things in David O. Russell‘s philosophical 2004 film I [Heart] Huckabees:

BJ: Say this blanket represents all the matter and energy in the universe, okay? You, me, everything. Nothing has been left out. Alright? All the particles, everything.
AM: What’s that side of the blanket?
BJ: More blanket. That’s the point.
AM: The blanket’s everything.
BJ: Exactly, this is everything. OK, let’s just say this is me, and I’m what, 60 odd years old and I’m wearing a grey suit. Blah, blah, blah. And let’s say that over here this is you and, I don’t know, you’re 21, you’ve got dark hair, Etc. And over here this is Vivian, my wife and colleague. And over here, this is the Eiffel Tower, right? It’s Paris! And this is a war. And this is a museum. And this is a disease. And this is an orgasm. And this is a hamburger.
AM: Everything is the same even if it’s different.
BJ: Exactly! But our everyday mind forgets this. We think everything is separate, limited. I’m over here. You’re over there. Which is true, but it’s not the whole truth because we’re all connected. Because we are connected.
AM: Sure, sure, sure, sure, sure.
AM: Yeah.
BJ: We need to learn how to see the blanket truth all of the time right in the everyday stuff. And that’s what this is for.
AM: Why?
BJ: Why what?
AM: Why do I need to see the blanket thing all of the time in the everyday stuff?
BJ: Well, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the big picture, would you?
AM: Nah uh.
BJ: And that’s partly why you’re here. And I’m talking about it right now. I mean, it will take awhile for you to get it but it will help you.
AM: How?
BJ: When you get the blanket thing you can relax because everything you could ever want or be you already have and are. Does that sound pretty good?
AM: That sounds very good!

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