I just saw movie with Johnny Depp – Don Juan DeMarco – in which the protagonist, a young man who have had a hard life, developed a psychiatric illness, an delirium – he imagine himself being Don Juan. He builds a detailed life-story around this idea. The psychiatrist who is treating him, a very realistic and bored old man, is hooked and intrigued by his patient way of looking at life. The psychiatrist understands that the delirium of his patient is his solution to coping with a tough life. But at the same time he realizes that the idea behind this delirium (a creative/imaginative view on life) may be the panacea for a monotone and empty life. Applying the myth of Don Juan in his own life, the psychiatrist is able to find solutions for his own problems. In this way he revives his relationship and put his monotone and boring life on a new, loving and hopeful track.
Behind this scene there are a few great practical ideas. First of all, the idea that the truth and seeking of truth isn’t the only solution for a meaningless life. An optimistic, hopeful, joyful and artistic story about life may help us get through tough times. Even if our story or view on life isn’t so close to truth or reality, it is valuable as long as it help us get happily through life. What matters truth of an idea as long as it worked! And let’s be fair, truth and reality is many times so subjective and inaccessible (especially in social area) that is hard to establish it once and for all.
The second idea is that we have the power (through imagination and creativity) to create and recreate our own life. Our view on life is selective. By default we are programmed to see the negative aspects of life and say it is truth. But we are able to change the preferences and focus on the beautiful things. Focusing on beautifulness we create/bring beautifulness in our life.
The third idea is that our dreams, hopes and wishes are more important even than the truth and reality. Why are we here … to run the program of reality and search for truth or to fulfill our dreams and hopes?
The fourth idea is that LOVE is the best thing that happens on the earth. And that we are able not only to search and find love, but most important to create and give love.