Monday, January 25, 2010
I personally have a theory about the average human life. I believe that it can basically be divided into four segments corresponding approximately with the four season.
Birth to age 20 - Childhood, spring.
Age 20 to age 40 - Youth, summer.
Age 40 to age 60 - Middle age, fall.
Age 60 to age 80 - Old age, winter.
I have an impression that atheism is most attractive to the person in his youth. He can lead a life of debauchery, feel good, look good and suffer few consequences.
What happens however to the aging atheist - let's say once he hits forty? Can this be a crisis?
Boaz Yakin is a 43 year old movie director and writer. He is a secular American Jew whose parents are Israeli. He attended an Orthodox elementary school. I have the impression that his attitude to Judaism is hostile, based on the movie A Price Above Rubies which he wrote and directed. I would assume he is an atheist.
Recently he wrote and directed another movie, Death in Love. In the beginning of the movie (from about 2:00 to 4:30 marks) he has one of the main characters, played by Josh Lucas, deliver a little speech about how horrible it is to turn 40, about how ones appearance changes, how he sees a stranger in the mirror, how women no longer can give him pleasure and how living just seems pointless but he is too cowardly to take his own life. Slightly later (5:52 mark), Lucas' character continues to explain that as one ages he "loses everything and gains nothing except the knowledge that you have lost everything gained nothing".
I wonder if Mr Yakin is expressing some of his own feelings.
It's a shame. It really doesn't have to be this way.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 6:31 PM