What Is Said…Between The Lines

I was watching a great documentary about the famous playwright, Arthur Miller, by his daughter, Rebecca Miller.

‘But at the end of this film, when she asks Miller what makes a ‘great play,’ he responds: ‘It’s the process of approaching the unwritten and the unspoken and the unspeakable, and the closer you get to it, the more life there seems to be.’   Newsday

‘His last words to her come from his journals.  It is about coyotes wandering near the Roxbury, Connecticut, home where he spent so much of his life: ‘We are all connected, watching one another, even the trees.’   Newsday

One of the most fascinating utterances that I heard Mr. Miller say was that he strove to write lines, for his plays, that would illustrate what was unsaid…or between the lines.

I think that the striving to magnify what is left unsaid is to turn the spotlight on life.

We make choices daily.  Our life path is clearly drawn by the twists and turns of our decisions and by our reactions too the reversals and opportunities that confront us on our journey.

If you would inquire of a 90 year old as to their understanding of their life experience…they might answer that often it seemed like shadows and markers of something grand and glorious and yet not quite attainable.

‘For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.’  I Corinthians 13:12  KJV

‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.’   Albert Einstein

‘Suppose the you are on your death bed (don’t take it otherwise) not exactly a death bed but on a road after being hit by some speeding car, then the car stops and a beautiful girl comes out of the car, worried (obviously), running towards you.  But you are lying there tied to a mere thread of conscious, saw her and immediately loose consciousness.  Then while you are unconscious you were dreaming, right from the start i.e. that is your birth, you were a happy child (whatever your life story really is), went to a good school, got good grades, then college, you met the same girl who came out of the car after hitting you, you fell in love, immediately, she also liked you.’

‘You both fell in love deeply, married together, had many cheerful experiences in life, in short it was the life worth living.’

‘But since you were very happy something had to happen, you both had gone for a long drive and enjoying the moment, then a speeding car becomes the cause of your wife’s death.’

‘Then with a jolt you wake up in a hospital, beside you is the same girl, weeping for what she had done, and you are smiling, happy from inside that she’s alive, that it was only a dream.’

‘But really was that just a dream or our whole meaningful life in a dream?’   Rahul Gupta   Quora   Movie: Stay

To be a christian or to be the adherent of many of the world’s religions is to believe that there is a reality after death that is…different…and exciting and filled with happiness and peace and light.

Certainly, there is a spiritual component to the christian teachings of the afterlife.  Many christians believe in, unseen, angels and a God that sees them and is aware of them and cares about their problems and challenges and concerns…I am one of those people.

Thus, is it so difficult to believe the the lines of our Play of Life…are illustrative of a much greater truth…that is left unsaid.

‘All the world’s a stage , And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…’   As You Like It, William Shakespeare

 

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