Our dark and our light are so intertwined

Jeff-Bridges

He considers his latest film (The Giver), co-starring Taylor Swift and Meryl Streep, a cautionary tale. “I think it’s an impulse for human beings to want to suffer less, and we’re kind of addicted to comfort at all costs—at least I am. And of course comfort has a price,” he says. “So the film is asking…what’s the true cost of our comfort, and what are we willing to pay?”

What is he too comfortable with? Sitting on a long white leather couch at a photo studio in New York, Mr. Bridges holds up a half-eaten almond croissant. “I love taste, and I love the immediate gratification of flavor and that satisfying swallow you feel all over,” he says. “But I look at my body and I should say, ‘Is that really the most healthy thing for me?'”…

But leaning back and eyeing the last of his croissant, he says that he is constantly dealing with the idea of perfection. “Wouldn’t it be great if I stopped eating this and worked out every day?” he asks. “Imperfection and perfection go so hand in hand, and our dark and our light are so intertwined, that by trying to push the darkness or the so-called negative aspects of our life to the side…we are preventing ourselves from the fullness of life.”

He’s referring to one of his favorite quotations by the Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “…the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” Mr. Bridges interprets it as a reason not to judge other people. “You’re saying that guy’s evil, somebody else is saying you’re evil, and we all have that in common, but as The Dude might say, ‘That’s just your opinion, man,’ ” he says. “What I’m proposing is that we’re all connected, and we’re all in it together.”

~ Alexandra Wolfe in her interview of 64-year old actor Jeff Bridges

Read full interview in wsj.com: Things That Jeff Bridges Can’t Abide


Notes: NY Times Movie Review of The Giver

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Comments

  1. These human dualities fascinate me – though articulated far better in this post than in my comment.

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  2. the dude shines through with his wisdom

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  3. Life is a continuous stream of choices.

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  4. Reblogged this on Bright, shiny objects! and commented:
    #truesstory. Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Montaigne “I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.”

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  5. I agree with Jeff. We are all connected. Think of it as the butterfly effect.

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  6. Dig it. Thank you.

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  7. First of all the questions ‘what’s the true cost of our comfort and what are we willing to pay?’ I can’t get them off my mind. They hit me hard! Besides, am inspired by the perspective of this man. He’s so right that makes me think why do we miss the obvious? Are we mentally blind?

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  8. Reblogged this on THE STRATEGIC LEARNER.

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