Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Clairvoyant

“Things are not always completely clear the way you would like them to be. That is why everything cannot be as predictable as you would like it to be. That is why you are not so sure what is going to happen next. That is why you don’t know what your reaction is going to be to something. That is why you have to take it as it comes. That is why life is full of surprises and disappointments. That is why it is so wonderful.”

“Then why are you a fortuneteller?”

“Because I know.”

“What do you know?”

“I know what I need to know, and no more.”

“Then you tell people what they want to hear?”

“I tell people what they need to hear.”


31 comments:

Lorena said...

yes there is a distinct difference between wants and needs. unfortunately most of the time we hear (me included sometimes) "i need ..." when it should be want. i like this. very wise. i've never been to a fortune teller but i know that people do go there wanting to hear specific things. not necessarily trying to hear anything else.

Shubhodeep said...

yes, its surprising that people often like to be deceived...this was a nice, introspective post.

btw, blog-city was uploading its newer version, so perhaps you'll be able to leave a comment this time.

Geetanjali said...

:-)

mermaid said...

I love it! I love it! I love it! Can I just tell you how often my two moms run out to the priest or fortune teller and ask about future events? I laugh at them and say, "It will happen when it's meant to." I'm realizing here that there is no 'god' controlling the universe from above. It is your choice, your voice, that is telling you where to go. We’re not as lost as we think we are.

To those who rely on a 'god', I don't want you to lose faith. Just remember the voice inside you.

vAgue said...

You've not come here to make a choice, Neo. You've already made it.
You've come here to understand why you made the choice.

Kripa Shankar said...

“...what they need to hear.”
What they need to hear is exactly what he needs to tell. Isn’t it. Yet another vicious circle.
Fortune telling has always been one intriguing concept for me. I myself am a person who lives on the atheist-agnostic border, and my concepts of life and fate are influenced by 2. (i) The Matrix (ii) The Vedas.
I feel fortune tellers are people who are playing their own role on the stage, and are here just to pep up the life of those who think that their future is not in their hands. The FT in no way helps them in changing the future. “You have already made your choice” you see ;). In other words, FT is Oracle and his words are the cookies and candies. To eat, or not to eat is ones own choice. How can one resist the temptation? unless he is diabetic ;).
Before I get more philosophical…I will stop. “asathoma sathgamaya”.
Great post August. It triggered a chain reaction.

And w.r.t your prev post. So you took 2 packs of cards and shuffled them up huh! I am wondering how you managed to order them by shuffling :-).

KJ said...

Que Sera Sera....
whatever will be will be...

gulnaz said...

damn this is so good!!!
...and that is why there are no messiahs anymore..or maybe there are still, in places we least expect to find them.
...that is why it feels so correct when you trust yourself.

i use to pretend to be a palmist, as a lark, and sort of used it to tell them stuff, i would feel awkward telling otherwise albeit as a joke. i don't do it anymore, its dangerous and don't get my palm read too as its even more dangerous...the reader is not always correct.

NicoleBraganza said...

I'm always intrigued by Fortune tellers. Part of me still believes what they say though I hate the fact that I do. When I was a kid, some old lady who offered to read my hand told me that I wouldnt live long. Can you imagine how freaked out I got??

transience said...

this is so very intriguing. sometimes, i think i can't tell the difference between what i want to hear and what i need to hear. maybe i'm losing sight(sound?) of my inner voice.

Anonymous said...

Interesting...

I've always wanted to go see a medium and hear what she has to tell me. I'd rather be told the truth than some lies that I've already made up for myself. I guess it's not really worth your money after all! ;-) lol

Miss Qt
miss-qt.com

sal said...

Need to hear or want to hear... You pay a fucking price for it.

A good entry though.

Pecos Blue said...

What I like the best about life is not knowing. It keeps the spice in life. This was a good entry. Maybe we hear what we want in order to continue not really knowing what is going on?

DeeM said...

Everyone above summed up my thoughts. It is always a good idea to remind yourself of your wants vs. your needs, I think.

jenn see said...

thinking about the future--or time at all--rapidly becomes very circular.

_Soulless_ said...

You know what I find utterly strange? The fact that some people who know that when they go to the fortuneteller, all they are gonna get are the vaguest of premonitions... nevertheless still part the beaded curtains and drink up the aura of the fortuneteller's space. Just to have that wonderful feeling afterwards. Just to have ears and minds pampered by silk sequined with little white lies...

Anyway, I have relished reading this post and some of the comments above, specifically those by Lorena and Kripa Shankar. You have the gift of the Catalyst, August. You make minds whirr. ^_^

stan laurel said...

However, there are routines we establish in an attempt to conquer this unexpected thing called life.

I know a few people who periodically see a fortune-teller/seer. They listen, no matter what is said, and take away exactly what they wanted to hear...not always what was said. Why would you want to know about the future anyway, especially if it is bad news?

eden said...

i justlove this posting!
very interesting!

Brood Mode said...

be it astrology, the crystal ball, numerology etc etc, it's intriguing how we always manage to draw a picture where we selectively fit in only what we liked(wanted to hear) from all the things foretold...

Karen said...

I thought your post was great - A perfect analogy of a Clairvoyant

jonny ragel said...

is that one of the famed matrix out-takes? heh. sounds like neo talking to the oracle. "she told you what you needed to hear. nothing more."-morpheus.

sweet post, .:a:.

is it just me or is that movie really kicking ass and standing the test of time?

small squirrel said...

want and need, want and need... they blur so frequently for me. I think this is what happens when you become comfortable.

anyway, you know how I know my good friends from the others? they always tell me what I *need* to hear, not what I want to hear.

musafir said...

"what they need to hear" - very true! Sometimes, the tendency inside us to know about the future has got to do more with an innate desire to know that things will happen, rather than the actual things that happen, a quest to know that something is going to happen, rather than wait and wonder if anything will happen at all.

Thought provoking indeed.

finnegan said...

What's scary is that most television operates in this manner; the decisions about needs and wants coming in contradictory image-switching waves via the channel changer with desire as catalyst.

Sudarshan said...

An astrologer's day?....lovely.

Elixir said...

hmm...sagacious (oh i wanted to use that word someplace...sooo bad!!! )
n m not even sure if i wanna hear wat is the truth. jus the part which conveniently suits me.
distorted versions of life...

sumhow...this post seems to be a real life conversation??

Phal said...

hey you I'm back. the beginning para, it says it all...come watch a play.

Rahul said...

Wants and needs. Neverending story. Nicely put .:A:. :-)

. : A : . said...

Lorena - Yes, there is a distinct difference between the two. Thanks for your perspective.

shubhodeep - Thanks. Managed to leave a comment finally.

Geetanjali, KJ, the woman, Pecos Blue, DeeM, eden, Sudarshan, Rahul - Thanks.

mermaid - Thanks for sharing your experience on this here.

vAgue - It is not the answer, but the question that drives us.

Kripa Shankar - Yes, another circle. Interesting two influences you have. So far apart, yet so similar. Thanks for your thoughts on this one.

gulnaz - Glad you liked it. Fortunetelling is a dangerous art.

Nicole Braganza - That must have been terrible!

transience - Sometimes they blend perfectly to deceive you.

Miss Qt - Sometimes they just have a routine they repeat.

jenn see - Yes, it does.

Soulless - Thanks for your perspective on this one. I liked the way you described the fortunetellers place.

stan laurel, Brood Mode - Yes, sometimes, we take away our own meanings instead of the truth. That is self-fortunetelling in a way I guess.

Karen - Thanks for dropping by and for your comment.

johnny crash - Not an outtake, but I guess you can draw the parallels. The movie stands the test of time for sure my friend!

small squirrel - That is what good friends do.

musafir - Agree with your thoughts. So true.

finnegan - Yes, true.

Elixir - Well, there you got to use it! Could be a conversation. Real or otherwise.

Phal - Good to have you back.

jaded said...

i am new to this world of blogging and i think this was a great introduction...what u wrote has so much truthad so little pretence.a fortune teller does actually only reassure u..i read peoples palms and i know that telling people what they want to hear is the greatest gift u can give them...

. : A : . said...

jaded - Thanks for dropping by and sharing your perspective on this.