I just watched Seven Samurai (Japan, black & white, 1954), then The Magnificent Seven (1960).
It’s a big pleasure watching both, but each time it’s very different. Kurosawa’s movie looks very odd, because of the culture, the language and the well known Japanese actors’ intensity. The US one is much more easy and comfortable, with stars (Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner…).
But there’s a “side-pleasure” : you compare. The stories the paces, the ends, the bad guys, the fights…
Traveling! Tourists have many ways of being tourists : in a group, alone, moving around and visiting, or staying in one city (choose Paris, OK?) and walk “going whichever way the wind blows” (we say “le nez au vent” – nose in the wind).
It’s beautiful or not, deceiving or marvelous, you take pictures or you chat with your spouse. But you have to admit :
The pleasure, again, is in the comparisons game.
There’s a game I love : learning another language. It’s absolutely full of delights. Culturally. Translating. Discovering idioms. Trying to find out where translated words don’t really fit, match the other language. Finding similar words… or traitors (a library (bibliothèque) is NOT a librairie (bookstore) in France…).
It is, constantly, a game of comparisons.
I strongly think that a big part of our inner life is linked to the world with the concept of Analogy. We endlessly get informations with our senses (about places, culture, and people, everything we meet) and then we braincompute them with what-we-already-know with analogy.
Then, we compare. Then, we decide.
This decision can be : run away, explore, smile, talk, anything.
Where else does it happen to you? Where could you trigger a “game of comparisons”? How is it an enrichment? Where is the effort? What about memories? Analogy with them?
Thanks for reading!