The Wisdom of Harry Dean Stanton
SS: Khrishnamurti said, â€śRelationship is the mirror in which the self is revealed.â€ť How have the relationships in your life helped you to learn about yourself? Are there any that stand out?
HDS: There have been hundreds. I learn about myself. There is no self. You learn youâ€™re not a self. You learn youâ€™re nothing. Ultimately. Hopefully.
SS: The individual is nothing.
HDS: Scientific fact. Itâ€™s not my opinion. [Laughs]
SS: When did you begin to look at the events of your life as really just a part of one event of no particular importance?
HDS: Itâ€™s an obvious fact. Itâ€™s all Eastern concepts, from Buddhism, Taoism. Ultimately the atomic physicists â€” Einstein, Niels Bohr, Heisenberg â€” all agreed that science couldnâ€™t answer the mystery of the universe. So I was impressed with all that. Once it gets organized â€” even if itâ€™s Buddhism or Taoism or Kabbalah â€” Iâ€™m not a member. Einstein said Buddhism was the only religion that could cope with modern scientific needs. So they arrived at the same place the Buddhists did 2,500 years ago. Thereâ€™s no answer to any of it. Thatâ€™s liberating. Itâ€™s an enlightening concept.
SS: Einstein said it was a true miracle that anything at all exists.
HDS: Itâ€™s all a miracle. And inexplicable. No answer to it. Itâ€™s just what it is.http://youtu.be/Bm8XEfgzNCs