Life, Human Suffering, Suicide, and Tony Scott

“Famed director Tony Scott jumped Off an L.A. bridge, and committed suicide on 19 August 2012. Witnesses described seeing Scott park his car on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, a 56-metre-high bridge overlooking Los Angeles harbor, and leaping to his death ‘without hesitation’ at about 12.30pm local time. Some said a suicide note was found in Scott’s car, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge. Tony Scott directed such films as ‘Top Gun’, ‘Spy Game’, and ‘Enemy of the State’. The 68-year-old Tony Scott was the younger brother of director Ridley Scott”, the media reported. And some added: “Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer and killed himself to spare his family the pain of watching his slow death, sources close to him have revealed. He didnt have any money problems or family problems. He lived in Beverly Hills, and his wife, Donna, is a model and actress who had appeared in some of his films. Tony Scott met his wife Donna in 1994, after two unsuccessful marriages. She gave birth to twins Max and Frank in 2000. Scott loved action films, and his tragic death can be the last action scene of his action films. His tragic death comes just weeks after he was pictured looking pained as he left a Beverly Hills restaurant on July 23. Scott had been in hospital earlier this summer and told friends it was for a hip operation. But they knew he had previously kicked cancer and suspected it had come back”. The story of his cancer has not been confirmed yet. Some media also added: “A passenger in a vehicle that was crossing the bridge at the time, says: ‘He was on the roadway close to the fence looking around. He looked nervous. I thought it was some extreme sports guy. (Scott) paused a couple of seconds and then began to climb the fence … He put his foot on the top of the fence and paused again … and then he threw himself off‘”. In these days, Tony Scott’s suicide and many other bad news make many feel bad. So, lets write about the tragedy of life, the human suffering, suicide, and hope. “Life is Tragedy“, the wise guys say; and who can deny it? Life is not like a movie. Life is a real tragedy, or as Woody Allen says: “Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable”. Suicide is a very complicated subject. Some ask: “Is suicide a solution?” It’s hard to say yes, and it’s hard to say no! Humans have many fundamental questions about Life, Meaning of Life, Death, and many other things, that have remained unanswered. Religion, delusion, self-deception, and other tricks can bring hope, or can offer some hope, that is certainly good, but they provide no real answers. “Life is Tragedy“, and a little self-deception can be good or acceptable, but with excessive self-deception, life just becomes a great tragedy. Almost all humans have problem with life and “Meaning of Life”, and when they become deeply depressed, they think about suicide. Many people, specially the depressed people, ask: “Why we have to keep on breathing?” It’s a very serious question, and everybody tries to find his/her own answer, but I think one of the best answers is what you can see in Cast Away (2000), a famous film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks: “You just have to keep on breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise and who knows what the tide will bring“. It’s the best shortest answer that I’ve heard.

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Cast Away is a very good film, and I think it has one of the best dialog in the history of cinema, specially when Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) talk about life and hope. Let’s take a look at some excerpts from Chuck’s dialog: “I was going to die there [on that island], totally alone. The only choice I had, the only thing I could control was when, and how and where it [my death] was going to happen. So, I made a rope and I went up to the summit, to hang myself. I had to test it; you know me. And the weight of the log, snapped the limb of the tree, so I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over ‘nothing’. And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow that I had to stay alive. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day, my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back … Now, I’ve lost her. I’m so sad … But I know what I have to do now. I got to keep breathing. Because tomorrow, the sun will rise, and who knows what the tide could bring?“. It’s one of the best dialog in the history of cinema, and it’s one of the best and shortest dialog about the human life and hope. Many have seen Cast Away (2000). Chuck is one of the typical American businessmen who want to be ‘successful’ and don’t want to be ‘loser’. And when he is cast away on a small island, he changes his views about life, “success”, “losers”, “hope”, etc. But all of us can be a Chuck. You don’t need ‘being cast away on a remote island’ for understanding many things. The human suffering, the mental pains, or the human life that is full of horrible tragedies, can show you many things. When a bad thing happen to your loved ones or yourself, you can be a Chuck. When you lose your hopes or part of your hopes, or when you are too upset or get depressed, you can be a Chuck. And it’s when you can think or behave like Chuck. And it’s when you can tell yourself: “Let’s keep breathing. who knows what the tide will bring tomorrow“. Only a very few people are satisfied with their life, as only a very few people have a few problems with Life, Illness, the Old Age, etc. Most people have many serious problems in this shitty world, and suffer from the same pains and the same tragedies. Most people have many serious problems with the basic needs and the basic questions. In the US, Europe, and other parts of the world, depression, mental disorders, poverty, drug addiction, irresponsible parents, cold-blooded people that are indifferent to others, suicide and other horrible problems are still among the serious social problems. But you should not forget that there’s nothing worse than living in a shithole like Iran under the Mullah regime, that in which the Mullahs and the West cause people many unique horrible problems. Our situation in Iran under the Mullah regime is like or worse than Chuck’s situation on that remote island. When Chuck said: “I don’t want to stay here and die on this shithole island spending the rest of my life talking …“, you could think that the writer has copied this from what some Iranians say in Iran. In fact, Iranians can understand Chuck well. Of course other people can understand him as well, if they can live with open eye and open mind.

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“Tony Scott was rich, and could satisfy most of his needs. We can’t understand why he and other rich people commit suicide”, some say. But if they know about the hierarchy of needs, or the existential issues, they can understand why even the super rich people get depressed or commit suicide. And that’s why some wise guys say: “If you solved all the political problems in the world, and solved all the relationship problems, and nobody was starving and everyone was living in peace and all of that, we would still have existential issues”. Money, fame, and even peace, freedom, democracy, justice, good family, good society, and many other good things don’t solve all human problems; these good things are good tools for solving problems, and just lack of them create many many horrible problems. In fact, these good things and many of our needs are Deficiency Needs, that means ‘only the lack or shortage of them create very serious problems’. We have written about these issues in “Maslows Hierarchy of Needs” and “Maslow Hierarchy of Needs and Critics” (check Archive). Having good society or good family is very important, but it doesn’t solve all human problems. Yah, it can be very depressing, but it also can be a good news for all of us, specially those who live under a brutal dictatorship. All of us live in a bad society, with corrupt politicians, corrupt systems, and the bad guys that try to hurt us. But when you know even if you live in a good society, you still can have many problems, it can help to ease your pains. It can show you that you need “real solutions”. It can show you that if you try to explore and reach your full human potential, and become one of the self actualized people, you not only feel more alive, happier, self-sufficient, more aware of truth, justice, harmony, goodness, and so on, but you have more chance to find a solution to the fundamental problems or the existential issues. Of course when you live in a shithole like Iran under the Mullah regime, it’s hard to become a self actualized, but it’s not impossible. In such shitholes, you can feel the true meaning of tragedy, pain, or the human suffering. As you know, ‘humans generally prefer a safe, orderly, predictable, organized world, which they can count on, and in which unexpected, unmanageable or other dangerous things do not happen, and in which, in any case, they have powerful supporters who protect and shield them from harm’. A good society should make its members feel safe enough from criminals, and other bad guys and bad things. But when you live in a shithole like Iran under the Mullah regime, the brutal puppet regime has just one goal: the people should not feel safe or good. In such shitholes, most people are unsatisfied, because their safety needs, their basic needs, and their human needs are largely unsatisfied. In the recent years, when you see the Iranian people, most of them are unhappy and unsatisfied. They are not satisfied with many things, including the stupid service they received. In Iran, when you go to a hospital or a court building, you can see the depth of the tragedy, and how the world’s most corrupt regime can create a corrupt system and a corrupt society. Recently, I was forced to go to a hospital for a loved one. The corrupt system or the unkind health care workers can really piss you off. When you see even many health care workers have become greedy businessmen or cold-blooded jerks, it’s really tragic. Of course it’s so obvious that those who have many unsatisfied basic needs and safety needs, become selfish, nervous, and indifferent to others. A brutal corrupt system can create many greedy and selfish people. But in Iran, you still can see hopeful things. After the recent earthquakes in Iran, the Iranian people that don’t trust Mullahs and the Mullah regime, tried to help the victims directly. The Iranian people don’t trust Mullahs, but they tried to trust athletes and other public figures, and donated more than $50 million to the victims. Only two athletes could collect more than $5 million donations. And it proves that Mullahs, their brutal puppet regime and their corrupt system are the main problem, not people. It clearly proves that the Iranian people just need trustworthy figures or trustworthy alternative for getting rid of the Western puppets and the big shithole that has been created by them. In fact, even in this shithole, people can keep breathing and think that “tomorrow the sun will rise, and who knows what the tide will bring”. Tony Scott, Chuck, and Iranians had much in common.

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The Iranian people live in a very difficult and tragic situation. Here, life is more meaningless than many other places. A very brutal puppet regime and puppets of the West have created a big shithole here. The crooks, the killers, the mercenaries, the jerks, and the meanest and stupidest people, that the stupid West and the stupid lefts love them and support them, create and rule this shithole and try to make our life hell. But when even in this shithole, some people can tell themselves: ‘lets keep on breathing, who knows what the tide can bring”, or when even some one like Stephen Hawking, that have lived with the prospect of an imminent death for the last 50 years, says: ‘Im not afraid of death, but Im in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first’, it can mean that all humans in all around the world, can try to keep on breathing, and can tell themselves: ‘Who knows what the tide will bring. Maybe tomorrow the tide gives us … ‘. Of course as the witty Iranians say: ‘In this shithole, the tide often gives us shit and shitty things’. But even in the worst possible conditions, no one knows what the tide will bring, and it’s not a lie; It’s the meaning of ‘hope’. I can understand Tony Scoot. No one can blame him. But some wise guys say: “Yah, suicide can be a solution; but why are you in such a hurry to die? Sooner or later, you die. It’s inevitable. So, don’t hurry to die”. And some wise guys add: “Many wise guys think about suicide. They have some plans for suicide. They don’t care about death, but they have so much that they prefer to do first”. And some wise guys say: “Sometimes [you are like Chuck, and] you even can’t kill yourself the way you want to. You think you have power over nothing. But you have power over many things. You can choose your thoughts, and your views about the world, yourself, your life, etc”. Many things annoy humans, and “money” or “fame” can’t solve many problems. As some say: “Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers. As a result of his father’s career in the British military, his family moved around a lot. Their mother loved the going to the movies and instilled a love of cinema in her children. He and his brothers were rich and well-known. They had everything”. But the human suffering and the tragedy of life is not just a physical issue. It’s a mental pain. Many try to use self-deception methods, and many can’t deceive themselves with such things. But you can be in no hurry to die, and can tell yourself: ‘Who knows what the tide will bring. Maybe tomorrow the tide brings … ‘. We all can get rid of our stupid needs. As Maslow said: “The healthy, normal, fortunate man has no s-e-x needs or hunger needs, or needs for safety, or for love, or for prestige, or self-esteem, except in stray moments of quickly passing threat”. Many people envy others, and it’s really stupid. When you know the human needs, the human suffering, and the tragedy of life, you don’t envy others, and don’t hurt yourself by your stupidities. When you see that many Iranians say: ‘I envy Americans or Canadians, they seem so happy there’, or when you see that many Americans, Canadians, Europeans, etc say: ‘We are not happy. We have many serious problems here” or ‘I really envy the rich men, they seem so happy’, and when you see what the rich and well-known figures say or do, you can see the main issues. As the wise guys say: ‘Life is tragic, but sometimes you can see life as a fight against ‘meaningless life’, and you can fight to the last drop of blood, or the last drop of hope, or the last drop of money. Sometimes you are so tired of everything, and suicide seems like a good solution, but it’s better you don’t hurry to die. Maybe when you are so tired of life, you can think about Chuck and what he said: ‘tomorrow, the sun will rise, and who knows what the tide will bring in'”.

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