I spent the evening with one of our finest Smallvillian directors, buying drinks and picking his brain! However, the consequence of this is pre-mature exhaustion and a brain that is solely equipped at choosing wine and telling random travel stories.

So in lieu of a riveting discussion and philosophical post I will simply say this:

Life is beautiful and for those that refuse to recognize this, I am sad. But, I will continue to make art, tell jokes, drink wine, and share stories. Because we are a divine species with infinite potential and never ending surprise.

Cheers
xo
Allison

Add yours Comments – 81

  • paul

    on August 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    “Life is beautiful and for those that refuse to recognize this, I am sad.”

    Fair enough. From your postings, and also from some of the creative choices you have made in playing Chloe, you seem to be quite an optimist. I have a question though: Do you think it’s possible that looking at life through an optimistic filter is potentially just as limiting as looking at life skeptically? Does the sunniness of Mozart not need to be counterbalanced with the weight of Beethoven? In literature, few classic novels are relentlessly upbeat. Perhaps that’s because… neither is life.

    Milan Kundera’s “Unbearable Lightness of Being” delves into this issue of lightness versus weight– which is negative, which positive. It also gets into the issue of kitsch: art (and by extension life) that chooses to ignore that which is unpalatable, distasteful. The reason Sabina is drawn to Tomas, she tells him, is that he is the complete opposite of kitsch. And surprisingly, the thing she finds unbearable about life under communism is the aesthetic of communist kitsch: upbeat slogans and triumphal parades, the relentless denial of everything that is unacceptable in life. It’s surprising that her primary objection to life under a dictatorship is an aesthetic one, but I found it a very powerful statement of the character’s commitment to truth, to looking at life honestly and without blinking.

  • taylor nikole

    on August 16, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Milan Kundera’s “Unbearable Lightness of Being”
    after allison posted about the book, i was curious and read about it online…
    i had to pick up a copy and im reading it now…
    its made me think so much 🙂
    and i find it really really good

  • Frida

    on August 16, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    “Life is beautiful and for those that refuse to recognize this, I am sad.”

    Life isn’t always beautiful. Life is life. I think a meaningful life consists of so much more than that. “Life isn’t always beautiful, and for those that refuse to realize this, I am sad.” If you are to define life, that’s more real…at to me it is.

  • jennygirl

    on August 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Wonderful! My favorite philosophical point you have made to date. Thanks! Pleasant dreams!

  • shinefloyd / luigi

    on August 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    do you know Tom Jobim and Vinicius De Moraes Bossanova… ” A Felicidade” ???
    ……………………………………………..
    “…Tristeza não tem fim, felicidade sim.
    A felicidade é como a pluma,
    que o vento vai levando pelo ar,
    Voa tão leve, mais tem a vida breve,
    Precisa que haja vento sem parar…. ”
    ………………………………………….

    Time to be sad… time to be happy…
    but life is…. always beautiful…
    take care

  • Alexandra

    on August 16, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I think life is connected with so much pressure from society and all the people around you. They want you to follow the rules, to go the right way and to fulfill the expectations of others.
    Life isn’t alway beautiful if you are not in a position to make your own decisions.
    How would it be to swim against the stream? To break out?Do your own thing?
    I am asking myself sometimes all these questions. Don’t get me wrong I like the way my life is right now. But you always thing what would it be like if you could change your entire life and do something completly diffrent,right!? I don’t know…sometimes I really wonder!If life would be more beautiful than. Is it just me or do you guys have the same thoughts sometimes,too???
    I should stop now. 🙂
    But I have to say I am glad that I had the opportunity right now to say my thoughts out loud!!!Great feeling…

  • arash

    on August 16, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    “Life is beautiful and for those that refuse to recognize this, I am sad.”
    This made me smile allison.
    You remind me of the coockie lady when she said;
    “I make the cookies once a year, if you didn’t get it, TOOO FREAKING BAAAD!”

    I think it means the same thing. You live just once, if you don’t find a way to enjoy it in whatever circumstances you are, well ….
    Those people who don’t think so, may be they should go back to “Free Will” section and see what they wrote about how we are responsible to everything happening to us.

  • andrea AM

    on August 16, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    you are my life, so…
    i don´t want see you bad, please.

  • arash

    on August 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Samuel Johnson: “The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove”

  • Roby

    on August 16, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Hy Allison, is the first time that I write on your blog … I’m happy to hear that you have decided to undertake a career as a director !!!… you are woman fantastic…Kisses from Italy!….I will recommend a wine … ‘est ‘est ‘est montefiascone (white wine Italy) 😛
    P.S. excuse me for my bad English 😛

  • Bouroux

    on August 16, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Allison.
    Feeling sad is the opposite of feeling happy.
    The more you are sensitive and passionate, the easier it is to move from one extreme to another.
    It is difficult to rationalise these two sentiments. Sadness is it due to a specific event or it is in our nature.
    It is a great advantage for a player to play with the emotions and thus make its true character.
    This feature can not be left to the locker room after the shooting.
    Sadness is the greatest source of inspiration for artists. No sadness, no inspiration.
    You can not do away with this sentiment. It is in you. Even if you got everything that you want, the feeling persist. Small changes such as making the sport brings endorphins in our system and we feel better. Small changes are important not to lose your bearings.
    You’re not alone in having this feeling. If Chloe from the episode ” Truth” asked how you feel, we could not as answer just “fine”.
    When I am sad, I try to think less and I swim.
    About Olympics.
    Michael Phelt had problems with hyperactivity. He didn’t like to take medication, he told his mother, I shall swim. It’s really inspiring.
    Allison, have a good and long weekend.

    Bye
    Claude.

  • Jendi

    on August 16, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    FROM CHILDHOOD’S HOUR

    From childhood’s hour I have not been
    As others were; I have not seen
    As others saw; I could not bring
    My passions from a common spring.
    From the same source I have not taken
    My sorrow; I could not awaken
    My heart to joy at the same tone;
    And all I loved, I loved alone.
    Then—in my childhood, in the dawn
    Of a most stormy life—was drawn
    From every depth of good and ill
    The mystery which binds me still:
    From the torrent or the fountain,
    From the red cliff or the mountain,
    From the sun that round me rolled
    In its autumn tint of gold,
    From the lightning in the sky
    As it passed my flying by,
    From the thunder and the storm,
    And the cloud that took the form
    (When the rest of Heaven was blue)
    Of a demon in my view.

    By Edgar Allan Poe……..

    …enough said

  • Gail

    on August 16, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Allison, when you said “Life is beautiful and for those that refuse to recognize this, I am sad.” I take it you’re implying that you were having a good moment.
    But touching on some earlier good points by some of your replies, think about the terminally ill. Whether life is beautiful or not, most people are glad to just be alive!

  • taylor nikole

    on August 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    “Whether life is beautiful or not, most people are glad to just be alive!”

    oh so true…
    I love the points you brought up in your post gail.

  • SmallvilleRulz

    on August 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    i say life can sometimes be good mostly wen im watching smallville but im a very negative so it kinda sucks…but…

  • Gail

    on August 16, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks Taylor Nikole…

  • C.J

    on August 16, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    The way I look at it…everyday we live, it’s one day closer to our expiration date, so live it to the fullest and look for the little things in life that make you happy. =]

    Kind of morbid, I know, but I’m just a morbid person. 😉

  • taylor nikole

    on August 16, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    hehe i think i posted this on here (or something similar) before but i had a friend… and we were sitting out my the water (mind you a beautiful sunny day)
    i think this is the 2nd time we discussed it

    Him: today would be a good day to die
    me: *looks up* yep, but again what if you died on a crappy day?
    Him: I wouldn’t… because everyday is a beautiful day if i make it

    yes, i think it was the second time… haha
    but everything he says about life is so true and beautiful.

  • skahahoo

    on August 16, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    You guuuuuuuys…when I read Allison’s post this morning… “Life is beautiful”…I thought, “Great! Simple! Not too deep! We can take a break today!” But nooooo…y’all had to go and ask all these thought-provoking questions! lol. 😉

    taylor nikole…I think I understand your question (“Is this sad feeling just for people who have potential from the beginning to realize the beauty in life?).

    Personally, I think everyone has the potential to recognize the beauty in life…maybe not to the same degree as everyone else, and maybe not as often as everyone else, but the possibility is there.

    When Allison said, “Life is beautiful and for those that refuse to recognize this, I am sad.” I interpreted that to mean that she was making a distinction between those who can’t see the beauty in life (at least for the time being because of their circumstances), and those who willfully refuse to recognize the beauty in life, despite being fortunate enough to have relatively good circumstances. Take me for example. If you look at my life…sure, it’s not perfect. There have been ups and downs. There is stress. But I am grateful everyday because I see, daily, people who have it worse than I do. And many of these people, they still manage to get on somehow, without bringing down everyone around them. So, knowing that I have it better than others, if I were to persist in seeing the bad side of everyone, to constantly complain, to always degrade others, to never show gratitude…then I would agree with Allison…I would feel sad for someone like that.

    paul…I think you bring up some really great points. 🙂 If I were that character in the book, I think what I would be offended by is not so much the positivity of the messages, but the falseness of those messages. It’s like that saying, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” I am an optimist. If someone were to actually pee on my leg, my initial reaction would probably be, “Gross!” And certainly I would be puzzled as to why someone was peeing on my leg. But as an optimist, maybe I’d look at that situation and go, “Well, I needed to take a shower anyway.” Or, “At least it’s just pee and not poop.” But taking that perspective doesn’t mean I’m deluding myself into believing that it’s rain. In fact, if that person were to tell me it was rain, I would probably get angry because I don’t like it when people so blatantly insult my intelligence. So, I don’t think an optimistic perspective is limiting. I think ignorance is limiting. But I think skepticism is healthy. That’s what I am…a skeptical optimist, or an optimistic skeptic, whichever. I try to maintain a positive outlook, but I also like to question everything.

  • taylor nikole

    on August 16, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Yeah… I agree with the whole concept… “life is beautiful” and cut it there.
    mainly what bothered me was

    “and for those that refuse to recognize this, I am sad”

    in short:
    It seems to me, like saying this… we are a little too worried about how people are living their lives.
    We can’t feel sad for every person or worry about every person not thinking of life as many of us may think of it.

  • Aysha

    on August 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Damn straight life is beautiful! It’s our DUTY in life to find the beauty in it instead of waiting for the beauty to suddenly *poof* appear. The little details in life and the simplicity of it (once we actually strive to and succeed to make it simple) holds the most beauty, I believe.

    You are such a great gal, Allison. With each and every entry, I feel more and more inspired to grab life with my bare hands and make the best of it while I’m here.

    We should all leave this world with a bang!

    Stay Awesome,
    Aysha

  • kadosho

    on August 16, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I had the opportunity earlier today, to interview the talented actor Yuri Lowenthal. From self expression, to his early years as an individual seeking out the world’s treasures. It is something I take great joy, in finally chatting with the novel fellow.

    At the moment, one of my friends from our podcast is editing the interview. And it should be up soon for everyone to listen to.

    Have a good weekend everyone. =D

  • Adrian

    on August 16, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    -Excuse my english-
    I come here almost everyday to read your opinions but sometimes the threads are very “deep” and my poor english is a limit for express my ideas. But today..

    “Life is beautiful and for those that –refuse– to recognize this, I am sad.”
    I think, instead of refuse, the words I should use are “for those that never see this, I’m sad”

    Like Kamil Karaszewski (#49) said, some people haven’t the chance of know it, I’m sure everybody here is thinking on start new proyect, maybe write a book (me!), get marry, learn piano; but some poor people who is lucky if they get something to eat today, they (maybe) don’t think the same.

    A hour ago finished a UNICEF’s TV program called “Un sol para los chicos” (“A sun for the children”). It’s made yearly, and the target is get donations from people and corporations for help children on Argentina.
    In a moment of the night there was a report of a woman who record on video some children of poor zones of my country, the question were “What is your dream?”. You can see on all children that eyes of happiness and hope. Doesn’t matter if they had nothing, they wanted to be a doctor, a soccer player, an actress… but, when they grow up and start to know the life they have, where the dreams and projects are very hard to reach, even if they fight; they will start to lose that hope, and they are going to think about the “beautiful life” is for fairy tales.

    Maybe the life is like a ball inside a box. When you open it, you can get a leather ball, a plastic one… of course you can try to customize it and make it better. The problem is when you open the box and see the ball broken, Can you fix it?

  • taylor nikole

    on August 16, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    oohhh adrian! I LOVE THIS:

    “Life is beautiful and for those that –refuse– to recognize this, I am sad.”
    I think, instead of refuse, the words I should use are “for those that never see this, I’m sad”

    its not that we want to refuse or not see it,
    we may be oblivious and never get the chance
    and whos fault was that? if we never had the awareness of the beauty?

  • Vegas911

    on August 17, 2008 at 8:12 am

    For those of you who say that life is not always beautiful, I have this to say: Life is ALWAYS beautiful…..it may be hard and it may not always be fun, but we are but specs in the vast unending ocean of the universe…..we have been blessed with the gift of life that seems to have happened no where else but here, and one day it will all come to a screeching halt…..so respect life for what it is, amazing and BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Robin Hebert

    on August 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Wow, I’m gone a few days and bam, lots of posts to respond to…well this is my take on the “life is beautiful”…..because of my belief system, I truly think that what God created and what He intended for us is truly beautiful. Sin, on the other hand is not beautiful. And my understanding of sin is this: anything that violates the love principle because God is love. So many people hate the sin concept because they think that people who talk about it are pointing the finger. I simple see it as not walking in love. Love is patient, kind, etc…..
    anyway….and I’m not all for being “nice” so many people think that niceness is equated with being a loving person…sometimes love can be tough!

  • Denise

    on August 17, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Allison.. Have you ever gone to the
    Wine & Food Festival in NYC?? I think you would enjoy it 🙂

    http://www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/2008/index.php

  • Brittany

    on August 17, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Hey Allison & team, I was gone all weekend to my aunt’s and uncle’s so I’m a little behind on the posting. The internet “wasn’t” working, in other words an excuse for me not to go on. Ah well. I support you to keep “making art, telling jokes, drinking wine, and sharing stories,” 100%. Life is beautiful and it is sad that people don’t appreciate it or don’t recognize it for what it is. Since I’ve been visiting this site, my life has definetly become more appreciative and explorative while having read these wonderful posts that you wrote and shared with us, Allison. Thank You! Much love and support, Brittany.

  • Carlos Eduardo

    on August 29, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I love you!!!! kisses…

  • Carlos Eduardo

    on August 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm

  • Carlos Eduardo

    on August 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    hello alison. my name Eduardo, I live in Brazil, accompany even from far away his work, adore you very much. Please answer me. kadupira@yahoo.com.br