Cinema & The Search for Meaning, #1 | Conventional Failure & Success

A 3-part series, exploring our existential quest for meaning and purpose in our lives… through the lens of my favourite films.

Today, we explore David Brooks’ concept of the ‘First Mountain’: how the ego in all of us builds, often, a compensatory purpose around status, security, power, enoughness… and how that purpose, when unaddressed, can painfully unravel.

Films explored: The Godfather I & III (1972, 1990); Samsara (2001); Citizen Kane (1941).

Honourable mentions: American Psycho (2000); The Truman Show (1998); Fight Club (1999); Babylon (2022).

And you… what was your ‘First Mountain’ purpose? How do your ego’s needs and projections continue to shape your destiny?

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