A tree has no mission statement. It has not searched for its life purpose. It is not trying to save the world. A tree simply is a tree. It can be nothing else.
Bergman, who suffered a nervous breakdown in the late 1970s, now regulates his life precisely: taking a walk after breakfast, writing for three hours, having lunch and reading in the afternoon.
“Demons don’t like fresh air - they prefer it if you stay in bed with cold feet,” he joked, adding more seriously: “[For] a person who is as chaotic as me, who struggles to be in control, it is an absolute necessity to follow these rules and routines.
“If I let myself go, nothing will get done.”
The director admitted that there were days when he spoke to no one, but he insisted that he was never lonely, despite his isolation.
“There is something joyous about not talking,” he observed.
—Tania Branigan, “Even I think my films are depressing, admits Ingmar Bergman” (The Guardian, April 9, 2004)
Running water is beautiful water. So be a channel. If anything comes, pass it on. Don't cling. (Sri Swami Satchidananda)
Marx grasped this essence of capitalist democracy splendidly when, in analyzing the experience of the Commune, he said that the oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class shall represent and repress them in parliament!
Think about that: there was a time (and not all that long ago) when artists were employed to make new art every week — art that addressed the deepest issues of life and death and spirituality. We have nothing like that today