Not to death, but to pain

Before I really, really, really start this article, I’d like to say that I got the title from that line in the movie The Princess Bride written by William Golding when Wesley the farmer tricked Prince Humperdinck into running away from him in fear in a moment of total physical weakness on the part of Wesley, the heroic farmer. Man, oh man, true love is a funny thing! However, some of the best storybook moments in life are just that, definitive yet successful bluffs that work. Like the hundred-dollar bluff coup de coup bet in a game of poker that’s meant to scare the other players into dropping their cards and giving the big bluff a bad hand the entire pot without having to split it. I get it.

Life, love, pain and pleasure are vibes, games, deliberate aberrations meant to make things interesting or whatever you want to call them. But pure existence for better or for worse is a serious thing, it is definitive. What it is, is without a bluff or trick in store. The ultimate existence is the end.

But the most interesting twists are what bluffs, tricks, and games are made of. What do you think made the ending of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and all of “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” big hits in theaters? It was Captain James Tiberius Kirk’s ability to bluff and win the game through his bluffing and patting himself on the back to resurrect Mr. Spock through the planet he created his son. I get it. Through twists and turns and loops, anything is possible in life and beyond.

The soap opera that raises the dead or the twin, right? Sure, what is not possible in this opera called life really? Sure, this is a humorous article, but it does bring up some interesting realities of everything from existence to more interesting existence. If you can think about it, nothing unreal exists. I suppose that what is not possible is beyond the totality of consciousness. So my favorite questions:

Who is John Galt?

Where did God come from?

and the giant:


That’s what makes it all interesting, right?

“Open the pod bay doors please, HAL!”

Then in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” Dave Bowman the astronaut unplugs the computer and outsmarts and perfects it through the magical singing monolith on Jupiter, redoing his fetal days and going beyond the infinite and the intimate. They even give actor Keir Dullea a scene where he eats his last meal and turns into a decrepit old man, all in one serving:

My God, it’s full of stars! The broadcast ended with a sequel called “2010: The Year We Made Contact”. They cheated us again! Another twist. Play the theme song and start again!

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