Not To The Death, But, To The Pain
By Joshua Clayton
Before I really, really, really begin this article, I would just like to say that I got the title from that line in The Princess Bride movie written by William Golding when Wesley the farm boy bluffed Prince Humperdinck into running away from him in fear in a moment of total physical weakness on the part of Wesley, the heroic farm boy. Man, oh man, true love is a funny thing! Some of the best story book moments in life are just that though, ultimate, but successful bluffs that work. Like the coup de coup one-hundred dollar bluff bet in a poker game that is meant to scare the other players into dropping their cards and giving the great bluffer with a poor hand all of the pot without having to split it. I get it.
Life, love, pain and pleasure are vibrations, games, purposeful aberrations meant to make things interesting or whatever you want to call them. But pure existence for good or bad is a serious thing, it is definite. What is, is without a bluff or a trick in store. Existence definitive is the end.
But he most interesting twists are what bluffs and tricks and games are made of. What do you think made the end of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and all of “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” big hits in the theatres? It was the ability of Captain James Tiberius Kirk to bluff and win the game through his bluffs and pat himself on the back for it right down to resurrecting Mr. Spock through the planet his son created. I get it. Through twists and turns, and loops anything is possible in life and out of it.
The soap opera bringing back 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 it up, nothing unreal exists. What is not possible is beyond the totality of consciousness I guess. So, my favorite questions:
Who is John Galt?
Where did God come from?
and the whopper:
That is the whopper that makes everything interesting, does it not?
“Open the pod bay doors please, HAL!”
Then in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”, Dave Bowman the astronaut disconnects the computer, and goes beyond it in intelligence and perfection via the magic singing monolith at Jupiter, does his fetal days again and goes beyond the infinite and the intimate. They even give actor Keir Dullea a scene where he eats his last meal and becomes an old man decrepit all in one serving:
My God, it is full of stars! The transmission ended with a sequel called “2010: The Year We Make Contact”. We got bluffed again! Another twist. Play the theme music and begin it again!
My name is Joshua Clayton, I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California. I also write under a few pen-names and aliases, but Joshua Clayton is my real name, and I write by that for the most part now. I am a philosophical writer and objective thinker and honest action taker. I also work at a senior center in Gardena, California as my day job, among other things, but primarily I am a writer.