We are emotional illiterates by Ingmar Bergman
We’re all emotional illiterates. And not only you and I – practically everybody, that’s the depressing thing.
We are taught everything about the body and about agriculture in Madagascar or Vietnam and about the square root of pi, or whatever the hell it’s called, but not a word about the soul.
We are abysmally ignorant, about both ourselves and others.
There’s a lot of loose talks nowadays to the effect that children should be brought up to know all about brotherhood and understanding and coexistence and equality and everything else that is that’s all the rage right now.
But it doesn’t dawn on anyone that we must first learn something about ourselves and our own feelings. Our own fear and loneliness and anger. We are left without a chance, ignorant and remorseful among the ruins of our ambitions.
To make a child aware of its soul is something almost indecent… how can you understand other people if you do not know anything about yourself?
About Ingmar Bergman
He was a Swedish director, writer
and producer. He was born 14th July 1918 in Uppsala and died 30th July 2007. Considered to be among the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of all time. Some of his renowned works include Wild Strawberries, Persona, Scenes from a marriage, Seventh Seal, Smiles of a Summer Night, Fanny and Alexander.