Deciphering The Tree of Life

Deciphering <i>The Tree of Life</i>

A few weeks ago my friend Michael and I saw Terrence Mallick’s The Tree of Life at the Ross.  Michael didn’t much care for it, whereas I was enamored.  Afterward we sat in Indigo Bridge for a while, eating dishes of Ivanna Cone ice cream, reading online reviews (mostly negative), and trying to figure it out.

The film was unlike anything I’d ever seen.  Gorgeous cinematography.  An overwhelming score.  Just the hint …

Love Is Difficult

Today I revisited this passage from Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. When I first read it, six years ago, I knew it was powerful, but I hadn’t lived it yet. But today I think I finally understand.

It is also good to love: because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us,