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July 23, 2010

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Nice observations--I think you're right about Zhuangzi. Some interpretations have seen him as suggesting something more modest, but I think he really does envision a radical departure from normal modes of envisioning our lives, as you suggest. I still haven't seen "Inception" yet. Planning to, as soon as I can secure some babysitting for the kids...

Given the top, and the overall story arc, aren't we supposed to assume it is just his wife trying to get him back into the real world because she convinced/incepted him that the world he was in is real?

I mean, right down to kids that were literally right where he left them and getting picked up at the airport by his estranged father-in-law? The forgiveness narrative shows that it is overly forced.

What I am trying to say is that the Daoist narrative never works. It is really more of a Confucian masterwork since this obviously delusional man clings to the only aspect of, well, anything, that is real and thereby constructs his universe. That is to say, we exist as a function of our family and not as an individual.

I'm only half kidding.

I like this moto

"ANCIENT CHINESE THOUGHT IN MODERN AMERICAN LIFE"

When I finished this movie, of course I reminded "Zhuangzi" who really fascinated me.

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