The movie was some 15 years in the making.
Not all of you know this, but my first real job was as a fashion copywriter for Nordstrom; I wrote ads for all the designer looks: Yves St. Laurent, Givenchy, Chanel, all the big fashion houses of the time.
So I’m really familiar with the tongue-in-cheek world of Zoolander: the runway shows, the couture houses, the celebrities.
When Zoolander 2 came out, it was like visiting an old friend: all of the old jokes where there, and we got them. Everything was referential: we got it. It was like being on the inside, being an insider.
We got it.
Is Zoolander 2 a great movie? That’s for you to decide.
But the idea of sharing referential history is fascinating.
Having a referential history, the way we do with with long-time partners and spouses, with family, with old friends, with people we’ve known for along time as colleagues, neighbors, community… it’s really important.
It’s not necessarily that they know us, any better than anyone else: because let’s face it, often family knows us less well than a new friend we might meet.
It’s that that they were there: they experienced it with us.
We know all the old jokes.
We know all the old stories.
We share the history.
We get it.
In a lot of spiritual awakening, it becomes really common to think you have to toss the baby with the bathwater: that you have to turn against all those people from the past who don’t “get it” like you do, or who don’t see things as you now do.
We all need to go through this breaking away process: from leaving group thought and stepping into the understand of the self as soul essence.
There’s great value great comfort, in returning now and then to review all the old jokes, the old story.
Having a referential history with someone, with many people, brings us back to our deeper humanity .
We’re all in it together.
On this planet.
In this time.
We’re here to be witnesses to each other.
We’re here to be part of it for each other.
We here to get it.
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