Wider view

I saw a quote of Marlon’s on Instagram the other day which resonated with me. I later researched Brando to figure out what his life was like, and what he had been like as a person. I did not know much about him apart from the myth and while I had seen and liked him in some roles, he seemed like a person who I wouldn’t have anything in common with.

But then there was this quote: “I suppose the story of my life is a search for love, but more than that, I have been looking for a way to repair myself from the damages I suffered early on and to define my obligation, if I had any, to myself and my species“.

And I was mildly intrigued. It snowballed since and I now count him as one of my blood group. The unlikeliest of the bunch, definitely. If someone had suggested it to me a week ago that I had certain things in common with Marlon, I’d have thought they had a screw loose and might have taken mild offense, depending on context of the remark.

But my instinct was not wrong when it got hooked on that statement. Even his suggested MBTI type is the same as mine. I am just outwardly very different, and I’m not talking of good looks and charm but being in charge of oneself.



Elections are coming up. So I’ve chanced to read other people’s reasoning for why they vote for a particular party or candidate. It has been very eye-brow-raising. I don’t even know what to make of it. I’m not a political person and don’t understand or know much of politics, but reading these opinions makes me feel like I’m one of the few people with the right to vote who actually has some idea of what they are doing. And while this here might be phrased like a boast, the truth is I’m very confused and alarmed. I’m stupid about politics and yet most people manage to be even stupider. How does that happen?

Even people I thought intelligent, more intelligent than me, and who truly are so, cross my heart and hope to die they are, have confused me with their poor grasp of these things. Their arguments like “I vote for this nice person who was my teacher” or “This party has too many celebrities, I won’t vote for them”.