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Those three words

One of my favourite lines from a song is that overplayed classic Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. It goes:

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough

Now, I’m not referring to THOSE three words (gotcha) but they are related, so stay with me here.

I was a little late to the party with the genius film by an amateur director known as Christopher Nolan called Interstellar. Apparently it did well.

Many thoughts shot through my head as I watched it. The plot according to me: Earth is aging, and with aging comes dilapidation and impending death.

The film is about space travel, while challenging notions of spaces. Yes, the NASA of the film which was forced underground as American got weary of space exploration when dust clouds invade their food crops, goes into outer space, but where the film really excels is when it goes into inner space.

Now, those three words…

Yes, they are “I love you”, because Matthew McConaughey, proving that no mater what you go through in life, always perservere – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, anyone?

He literally proves to literally be the biggest cock blocker in literally the universe. Literally. But eventually love conquers all and there was peace in all the world.

Now to get to the actual three words to which I was referring… “I don’t know.”

That’s it. The film explores those three words as I’ve never seen before. From beginning, climax, surprise cameo, gasp moment, neat ending and ambiguous conclusion.

One of my favourite books that also features those words is Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Yes, we all know the film will never be as good as the book. Calm down. The film was not bad at all, but what it lacked was the silences in the book. And of course, the honesty of a father who is facing something of which he is uncertain.

When his son badgers him about the next step in their post-apocalyptic journey, all he can muster is “I dont know”. When I read this six years ago, it resonated with me then, and it still does as loudly as it did then.

As I get older, dilapidated and more post-apocalyptic myself, I’ve learned that there are many many moments when those three words are not only appropriate, but the only answer there is at the time. Recently a colleague who is a bit older older than I, said that those words are rather rude. It implies that one does not care and that such vagueness implies uncaring.

But we live in a world that is so groomed to knowing who you are and where you are going, that when things fall apart, we have no idea where to go, even with a plan B.

As this film still lingers in my mind, and as I finally begin to like Anne Hathaway again, I am content with being content with not knowing where the road always leads.


<p>Author <a href=”https://plus.google.com/102128103971030481396” target=”blank” rel=”author”>Jerome Cornelius</a></p>


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