Sunday, 10 January 2010

living on a tight rope....

On August 7, 1974, shortly after 7:15 a.m., a young man stepped off the South Tower and onto a steel cable between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center. He walked the wire for 45 minutes, making eight crossings between the towers, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan. In addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salutes and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head.

The video above is clipped from the 2008 film "Man on wire" , that chronicles Philippe Petit's high-wire walk between both Towers, and the dialogue below is a reflection at the end of this film:

"To me, it's so simple, that life should be lived on the edge....
You have to exercise rebellion,
to refuse to tape yourself to rules,
to refuse your own success,
to refuse to repeat yourself,
to see every day, every year, every idea,
as a true challenge
and then you are ready to live your life on a tight rope"

The human spirit......What depths are possible in our human spirit?, what are our boundaries?......or in other words, what is our real nature?........

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