The Man - Apocalypto

And a man sat alone.
Drenched deep in sadness.
And all the animals drew near to him and said:

"We do not like to see you so sad...
"Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it."
The Man said: "I want to have good sight."
The vulture replied: "You shall have mine."
The Man said: "I want to be strong."
The jaguar said: "You shall be strong like me."
Then the Man said: "I long to know the secrets of the earth."
The serpent replied: "I will show them to you."
And so it went with all the animals.

And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give...
...he left.

Then the owl said to the other animals:
"Now the Man knows much and is able to do many things...
"Suddenly I am afraid."
The deer said: "The Man has all that he needs."
"Now his sadness will stop."
But the owl replied: "No."
"I saw a hole in the Man...
"Deep like a hunger he will never fill...
"It is what makes him sad and what makes him want."
"He will go on taking and taking...
"until one day the World will say:
"I am no more and I have nothing left to give."

- Apocalypto

Tarun Chandel
Life, Learning and Technology
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7 comments:

patrick roberts said...

thx for posting Tarun, i forgot about that "fear" theme in Apocalypto, it's true that without fear a person is truly free

rambhai said...

well the tought are very well presented mate~~~wat was the inspiration behind this work

Tarun Chandel said...

--> Hi Patrick: I did not get the fear part of it (may be you are looking for the Owl's eyes). I read this story and I feel that we should have humility not to betray those who have helped us gain our skills and powers.

--> Rambhai: I hope you know that this not my work. This is a story that I picked (verbatim) from Apocalypto.

Anonymous said...

Love this beautiful story telling and what i think it means about the hole is the mans eyes of curiousness of what he does not know he will try to find the answer and "what he cannot find in himself" he will have fear and sadness inside

Anonymous said...

Man always wants more but he will fear what he does not know or have

Anonymous said...

You know, the maya word putsa means escape, not fear.
Maya linguist

Anonymous said...

I love this story! But is this a real legend or did they make this up for the movie? If it's real, can someone tell me the name of the legend?

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