Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I Want Real Human Moments

One of the many great monologues in the contemplative, existential, experimental film Waking Life is Soap Opera Woman's (Tiana Hux) response to bumping into The Dreamer (Wiley Wiggins) and explaining her need for human interaction:

"Hey, could we do that again? I know we haven't met, but, I don't wanna be an ant, ya know? I mean, it's like we go through life with our antennas bouncing off one another continuously on 'ant autopilot' with nothing really human required of us. 'Stop,' 'Go,' 'Walk here,' 'Drive there.' All action basically for survival. All communication simply to keep this ant colony buzzing along in an efficient, polite manner. 'Here's your change,' 'Paper or plastic?', 'Credit or debit?', 'Do you want ketchup with that?'

“I don't want a straw. I want real human moments. I want to see you. I want you to see me. I don't want to give that up. I don't want to be an ant. Ya know?”

Source: Film- Waking Life, 2001.

Image: "I don't wanna be an ant."