Friday, January 30, 2009

The Quantum of Solace

"What does it means anyway?"


"Quantum of solace?"


Quantum of solace means a lot to me, actually, because I hold this phrase as the pillar of my character. The meaning is simple - quantum is a physical unit of measurement for quantity, commonly known as extremely small, beyond microscopic, while solace is peace. So quantum of solace means an extremely small quantity of peace.

For Bond's case, he needs a quantum of solace to forget Vesper Lynd, his very first love whom he met during his first double-o mission in Casino Royale, who then committed suicide after she betrayed Bond, for that her love and her causing had both brought her such unbearable guilt where death was the only solution.

The love for Vesper was the reason that shaped Bond into what he is today - cold blooded, vengeful, secretive, but is quite a womanizer. Yet, no matter how many women he had slept with, none of them compares to Vesper, even his wife whom he married later on.

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As for me, I'd never really wanted anything in life other than peace, even just for a bit.

Sure, sometimes greed got to me like everybody else had.

But what's more important to me than everything else is just peacefulness. Nothing is more rewarding than that, and I believe that was and still is the reason why I could keep on moving forward. Keep pushing forward no matter what lies ahead.

As long as I am calm, and staying calm, I am very sure that I could grip life by the neck. But sometimes I got myself swept away too. And when I was there, I've had always reminded myself of my ever favorite quote by Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone:

"I'd hold you up to say to your mother, "this kid's gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid's gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew." And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilige. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed.

You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you're no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!

Now if you know what you're worth then go out and get what you're worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that! I'm always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You're my son and you're my blood. You're the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain't gonna have a life. Don't forget to visit your mother. "

Rocky Balboa

And immediately, I'll get my quantum of solace.

Kerana dalam hidup ini,
tiada apa lagi yang dicari,
bukan wang ringgit bukan pari-pari,
cukuplah sekadar ketenangan hati.

1 comment:

Si Budhakk Ujie said...

Saidina Umar al-Khatab pula pernah berkata..