Essence and Identity

31 Jan

“When a character realizes the need to abandon his identity and embrace his essence, sometimes that notion is scarier than death”.

-Michael Hauge, speaking at the 2011 screenwriter’s summit in Tel Aviv

Identity – The Mask that a person builds for him/her self over time. The person is convinced that this is the true self, despite the nagging feeling that something is wrong.

Essence – The True Self

Taking the road from Identity to essence is the basis for any good story.

Rose in Titanic – her “Identity” was that of a dutiful wife and daughter. Her essence was that of a free, independent woman. She almost killed herself rather than embrace her essence.

There are hundreds of examples, but I’m sure this is the most well-known.

But what Mr. Hauge said rang even truer when it came to looking at my own life.

“embracing your essence is sometimes scarier than death”

Tell me about it.

It’s been a long couple of days. I promise I’ll be more coherent tomorrow.

4 Responses to “Essence and Identity”

  1. bodegabliss January 31, 2011 at 22:52 #

    I feel like I’ve spend my entire life trying to figure out what my essence even is. I think not until my thirties have I even had an inkling into what that might be. Actually, now that I think about it, moving across the country helped me embark on that journey, I’m just still in the heart of it. And moving here not knowing a soul was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. So in conclusion: I agree with that statement completely!

    Hope you get some sleep tonight.

    • mommyodyssey February 1, 2011 at 16:18 #

      tell me about it – I’m trying to figure it out myself. But I think realizing that you need to and doing something about it – like you did with your move, and me with the happy pills – is half the battle right there.

      And I’m pleased to announce I did finally get some sleep. 🙂

  2. me0me February 2, 2011 at 17:02 #

    I thought this was plenty coherent, though I’ve never seen Titanic 😀

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