Last Days in the DesertStreaming Video - 2016
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Have you found what you were looking for out here?
-Yes. Yes, I have.
What were you looking for?
I was looking for a place to reflect and to pray in peace. A place to look inward and to find myself.
-I walk out there, too. Sometimes when I'm out there, I feel this thing rising inside of me, that I am everything and that everything is me. That I will always be alive. Forever. And it's very conceited,
I know, to feel that way. I'm ashamed of that feeling.
A boy needs his father's permission to become a man. It's perverse, isn't it?
-Love God above all things. Love life.
I could tell you what would've happened if you'd passed by this place a moment earlier. Would you like to know? The boy would not have met you. After the mother's ...
Why do you live here?
-Because the desert is ruthless. It strips you of your vanities, your illusions and gives you the opportunity to see yourself for who you are. Isn't that why you're here? Because your god speaks louder here?
God speaks wherever a man wants to listen.
Riddles (answers in the film:)
How far can a man walk into the desert?
What part of a bird doesn't fly?
I am stronger than 10 men and I am taller than 10 men, but a boy can carry me. What am I?
I am a liar. That is the truth. I've seen every shooting star since the first one. Every flash of lightning. I've heard the last gasp of each thing that ever lived. Nothing's interesting anymore. Nothing surprises you? Not a thing? The repetitiveness. The obstinate, dull repetitiveness of your father's plan is bewildering to me. The same lives lived over and over and over and over again. Is there a plan? It all has to turn into something, it has to pour out into something, but into what? And that's my weakness, curiosity. But I'll stay as long as it takes, forever, to witness the end. The final sunset. If there is one. Maybe on that day, late in the afternoon, seconds away, he'll want to start it all over again, from the beginning. He's done it before. Recreated the whole thing, retold the whole thing. On a whim. With little differences that must mean the world to him, a branch that crooks in a different direction, one egg more or less in the nest of a flea. ...
In your holy man comings-and-goings, have you learned any medicine? Cures are the only things worth seeking. For pain, suffering. The rest is just...
Your good intentions will be wasted here. They don't need us to ruin their lives. They'll do that all by themselves. Do you know what I do when they're finally mine? I have them watch the life they've lived
over and over again. Forever.
If you can solve this entanglement, this knot, to the satisfaction of the mother, the father and the child, I'll stay out of your way for the rest of your journey home.
-And if I fail?
Failure is its own punishment.
I'm not afraid of death. I'm only scared of being alone when I get there.
I have water for you here, Yeshua. That's what your mother calls you, isn't it? Any name that's good enough for Mary is good enough for me.
What is Jerusalem like?
-Dirty and corrupt. But also alive. Very alive.
-alking to your father is like talking to a rock. He's so busy with his little things, the shape of a drop of dew, the sound roots make breaking their way through the ground. Everything matters more to him than you.
-No. My father loves me.
He is amused by you. He loves himself only.
Are you one of those preachers? Looking for something here in the desert that you can't find anywhere else?
I don't want to waste my time here.
-Wasting life is a sin.
I want to leave my footprint on the world.
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