I have watched two Oscar-winning films recently, namely, Black Swan and King’s Speech, and enjoyed great performances by the Best Actress and Best Actor of the 83rd Academy Awards. What struck me was the repression of the two characters they portrayed: while he manages to get over his repressed memories of unhappy childhood and repressed detest for royal duties, she ends up victim of her own repressed desires, at least I interpreted so.
While repression in movies is fictional, I have heard and seen a lot of real life stories among my friends, and the gist of which is still, in my humble opinion, repression. Everybody has his/her own story: unfilled desires, hidden emotions, withered passions, bygone affections, suppressed feelings, sublimed memories and transformed relationships. But sometimes one becomes too obsessed with them and feels perplexed, and keeps out of mind thoughts and wishes which are sensibly and normally more important.
The repressed occasionally returns to haunt us, and only with eternal time what is being repressed can fully surface to enlighten rather than to bother us. But we do not always have enough time in our lives, which may be shorter than we have thought. We forget how fragile we are in face of nature, instead of conquering it we can be conquered by it. We never know when the next mega earthquake or tsunami will be, so let us be free from our own repression before it is too late. Express our emotions, positive or negative; express whatever we feel for ourselves and for our loved ones.
To all my friends who need to reconcile with the past, to deal with reality and to contemplate the future, may joy and happiness be with you.
And to those suffering from natural disasters or died in them, may peace be with you, in this world or the next.