I just watched The Last Samurai, for about the 20th time.
And each time, depending on where I am at in my own life; I connect to something new.
For me, it is a story about peace, inner peace, the kind of lasting peace that as the narrator rightly states - that all of us search for and few ever find. It is a story about destiny and honour, about honouring what defines us and what builds us. Destiny and peace. Two of the pursuits of life - that I wonder about often.
True - the main character is far removed from civilisation in order to find true and lasting purpose and destiny. Is there something we should learn from this? Is this the only place where one can find these pursuits?
I do believe that true lasting peace comes when people are not around, when the scattered masses of voices are finally silenced and you are alone in a field of pink blossoms with the Master Teacher. Whose voice is soothing and calm, He understands what you don't say and why you cry.....
True and lasting inner peace..... coupled with destiny.
"Do you believe a man can change his destiny?"
"I believe a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed."
And so I wait, pursuing that peace and destiny and wondering about them both....