الثلاثاء، يونيو ٠٧، ٢٠٠٥
To Care Passionately About Something
The land was marble-smooth and it rolled without a pucker to the horizon. My eyes grazed across the green band of ground and the blue bowl of sky and then lingered on a dead tire, a bird in flight, an old fence, a rusted barrel. Hardly any cars came toward me, and I saw no one in the rearview mirror the entire time. I passed so many vacant acres and looked past them to so many more vacant acres and looked ahead and behind at the empty road and up at the empty sky; the sheer bigness of the world made me feel lonely to the bone. The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people, too many directions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size. It makes the world seem not huge and empty but full of possibility. If I had been an orchid hunter I wouldn’t have seen this space as sad-making and vacant—I think I would have seen it as acres of opportunity where the things I loved were waiting to be found.
From “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean.
The book was later turned into a movie entitled “Adaptation” starring Meryl Streep and Nicholas Cage. The movie script was written by the amazing Charlie Kaufman. In fact, Cage plays the character of Charlie Kauffman in the movie. It’s a must-see.
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