Memento

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In Chris Nolan’s 2000 break out feature, Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), is an ex-insurance investigator who is caught in a trying conundrum. While, on the one hand, he must compile clues in order to solve the murder of his wife, he is, on the other hand, stricken with a type of amnesia that leaves him unable to form new memories. Sound like a major obstacle to inductive reasoning?  It is. In desperate attempts to wrest the truth from his reality, Leonard begins take polaroids and to write notes to himself across his body. These clues slowly start to begin to paint a picture of what might have happened in Leonard’s mysterious past. The brilliant complexities that weave through the story are far too numerous to recount but what strikes the heart of the dharma student is how much we all toil in our own states of amnesia.  HH the Dalai Lama recently commented that, “Discipline is the capacity to do what is in one’s own best interest”.  How often it seems that when confronted by a choice we lack the means to choose and option that is truly in our own, long term best interest.  Once you see Leonard’s struggle in the brilliant tale of Momento, the effort to act according to what is best might at some point always come without and difficulty at all.