Six Gun Zen

“It was going to be a long ride
and there was no reason to hurry”

Whoever thinks Westerns really have anything to do with the old West, haven’t really watched them all that closely.

I saw “Appaloosa” recently. As far as Westerns go, it’s Okay. However, I was really struck by the last line of the movie, to such an extent, I rented the DVD as soon as it came out to catch it again. And then I noticed how the opening lines and the final lines tied the whole movie together.

…from opening dialog
But life has a way of making the foreseeable that which never happens
and the unforeseeable that which your life becomes.

…last line of movie
As for the unforeseeable, well it was out there waiting for me.
I headed straight into the setting sun and rode West at an easy pace.
It was gonna be a long ride and there was no reason to hurry.
– Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) from Appaloosa

And he said “everything out here ain’t what it seems
And when you’re down to nothing Just go ahead and dream
Face the fact that you’re circle in a world full of squares
Trading sorrows for tomorrows, now that’s the hobo’s prayer”
-Hobo’s Prayer by Marty Stewart

Pilgrims, Cowboys, Yogis, Sannyasi ascetics, Samurai Warriors, and Hobos; It gets kinda hard to tell them all apart…

“I can’t afford the luxury of emotions”
– Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

“Feelings get you killed”
– Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) from Appaloosa

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One comment on “Six Gun Zen
  1. Joy Mystic says:

    Bryan, I watched the movie last night after stumbling upon your site. Westerners doesn’t come on my top five movie genres but I decided to watch it based on this post. It was a beautiful movie that has a unique personality. Harris, Mortensen, and Renee were to be loved. They made emotions a guilty pleasure to be desired.

    I gave it 4 out of 5. I’ve been stuck in 2 and 3 out of 5 movies for few months now. So thanks! Listen, I would love to read more of your posts. Don’t let a good start go to waste.