<%image(20051221-mtsinai.jpg|238|174|fuzzy sinai)%> After a relaxing evening I have to concede that my spy mission to discover the real Mt. Sinai was inconclusive (read more about the search). Sigh. The picture of Google Earth is great until you get really close. It then becomes a solid mass of fuzz. So major sites like New York City, the Pyramids, the Grand Canyon, and so forth are very clear and quite fun to check out.
Another part of our quiet evening at home was the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” We found it to be quite an interesting flick. I essentially deals with the relationship of two characters portrayed by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Their relationship hits hard times, Kate has Jim erased from her memory, he attempts to respond in kind, but finds that he truly loves her in the midst of memory deletion. It’s a quirky love story that shows all of the complexities and pain that true love calls for.
Even better than that, I think it asks the question, “If we could erase our mistakes, would we be any better off?” I think the answer is no to a certain degree. Of course you can always find exceptions, but this movie suggests that removing parts of our past and those mistakes are like deleting parts of ourselves. Even if we benefited from memory erasure, we would still be drawn to make the same mistakes again since we have no previous experiences to guide us. Carey and Winslet portray characters who are on bound on a course for each other, no matter how hard they try to stop it. Very thought-provoking.