Seize the Day
Do you like to read books? If so, what kind of book do you like? As for me, I like novels. Especially, I like to read a classical literature. Let me introduce one book that I have read recently. The title of the book is 'Seize the Day'. The book was written by Saul Bellow who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1976.
I think the book describes a typical solitary man in modern society very well. There was a man whose name was Tommy. He continuously suffered for what he had done in the past. He lost a job, got divorced and even didn’t have money. He thought himself hopeless. Tommy just wandered along the street and read a newspaper. No one helped him. Even his father did not. His father only cared about other's thought about him. He didn’t pay attention to his son, which made Tommy feel more solitary. Meanwhile, Tommy met one guy, Dr. Tamkin. He is the only person who payed attention to Tommy and tried to understand his feeling. Dr. Tamkin said to Tommy that the past was useless and the future would be filled with insecurity. So Dr. Tamkin insisted that the present only exists. Tamkin said "Seize the day". Eventually, Tommy trusted him and decided to invest in stocks with him, but Dr. Tamkin stole all his money and ran away. Tommy became more desperate. Through this whole book, the author showed us a life of 'a loser'. The loser just wandered and didn’t know what to do. This story represents what most of modern people feel today. I think the message from the author is that even if we live in a materialistic world, people should have their own dignities. So, I recommend this book to everyone who gets tired of living in an ordinary world. You will get to know real meaning of "Seize the day".
If someone asks me “Do you have a song which is significant to you?”, I would say, “Sweety of Clazziquai”. “Sweety” may not be the best song in my life anymore, but it is very meaningful to me. I spent my school days with songs of Clazziquai and I got to know them through “Sweety”.
I was 14 when I first heard the song. I was using a computer to listen to music from a music channel on TV. Suddenly a song captured my ears. That was “Sweety”. The song expressed fluttering of love with lovely melody. However, I thought the song had more than that. “Sweety” was a song in a genre that I had never heard before. (The music video of the song was also interesting. Joon-Gi Lee and Hayoon Song starred in the M/V, and the style of the M/V is unique.)
Clazziquai was named after Classic, Jazz, and Jamiroquai (to express Groove, a British acid jazz band). They were not limited to a specific genre and they always tried something new. They make a wide range of electronic music. Their music was usually mentioned with “Shibuya-kei” and “Lounge music”. Their music style was modern and urban, but this made me relax like I stayed in the nature.
I was always with their music even when I did my homework or when I prepared for school examinations. I thought that the music by Clazziquai reflected my adolescence. My favorite music style has changed as time goes by, and I don't listen their music as often as I did before. However, a lot of their songs are still in my MP3 player. When I sometimes listen to “Sweety”. I feel like I’m reading my old diary.
The Butterfly Effect
Evan who had a congenital disorder showed the ability to change the future back to the past. One of his actions like a little flap of butterfly wings brings a big change like a huge hurricane in the distant future. His behavior lead to satisfactory results, but the problem was that they were accompanied by negative changes. He was desperately to erase the drawback, but another terrible flaw awaited him in reality. Such a terrible vicious circle constantly repeated and the mental anguish that Evan felt got worse day by day. Evan realized that he should not have been born in the world to become happier than everyone, so he made an extreme decision and the film ended.
'The butterfly effect' gave numerous lessons and enlightenment to us. As the title implies, it gave us the awareness of the butterfly effect. But the reason why this movie was greater is that it embraced us by expressing more dramatic and realistic enlightenment. That is because it is not an unrealistic or threadbare story, we can get the realistic enlightenment. First, even if we have the ability to change the past, we are still just about destiny. And the great drawback seen from the current point of view, compared to other future conditions, may be viewed as a minor one. Perfection cannot exist in this world, and the process to realize that fact is more painful. To accept the grass-root fact is the greatest happiness. Finally, Evan who sacrificed for his family and friends struck a chord in the hearts. His pain and sacrifice to endure showed how greater his love is to them. One scene of the movie could hold many lessons for us. It is a movie that really holds a lot (philosophical, touching, shocking and so on.). Furthermore, each of the combined things gives us tremendous awakening. This movie is also the kind of work that may cause the butterfly effect.
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