Joss Whedon‘s speech has the potential to include plenty of trumpet blowing. In the past year he’s had a meteoric rise, with special thanks given to his success at the box office with Marvels – ‘The Avengers’. However, like a ginger bearded skydiver falling away from a fuselage of fame & fortune; we see the real man, a geek passing on his wisdom and knowledge to what really counts in life.
In an attempt to install some of that in everyone at Wesleyan University, his speech opens with ‘You’re All Going to Die!’. I don’t think he could have said anything better, nothing makes you listen/laugh more than a crushing sense of morality opposing the innate feeling of being on top of the world. His message is obviously much broader than this, and promotes self discovery as your objectives in life and not just the path of you ever reaching severed arm, feeling it’s way around the dirt for an ornate polished statuette.
One of my favourite passages from his speech is below:
You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key—not only to consciousness-but to real growth. To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in. It’s not just parroting your parents or the thoughts of your learned teachers. It is now more than ever about understanding yourself so you can become yourself. – Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon’s next release, Much Ado About nothing was shot during downtime of editing The Avengers. His retelling was shot over a week in his own home, with his own money, in plain black & white. We’re really looking forward to witnessing the paradox to his billion dollar success story, and whether he can follow the path of great adaptations such as Baz Luhrmann.