MICRO EXERCISE: Take a breath and imagine that when it is finished you will be dead. And now suck in and revel in the sensory input of that one final breath.
MOVIE: Blade Runner
Our movie for Seeking Beauty is Blade Runner, which some consider one of the best movies ever made. This is another movie that takes place in a dystopian future, but I am particularly drawn to one scene that I have never forgotten.
The movie is reaching its climax of mortal combat between the dying superhuman android and the Blade Runner. Now, after a desperate chase the Blade Runner is hanging by one hand over an abyss, and then, exhausted, releases his grip, but is saved by the android he was trying to kill. The android, his time run out, is standing there in the rain, over the blade runner, and delivers his oh so powerful lines that strike to the heart of seeking beauty.
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off shoulder of Orion. I watched sea beams glitter in the darkness off the Tanhauser Gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die.”
You must take your time with this, but see how he has joined Meaning, Life, and Beauty.
There is a feeling here almost of Gratitude. I would have you be able to experience this at least once a day.