Michael Lear: Part Four
By Michael Moriarty
The One Man Show?
Titled MICHAEL LEAR?
What would that be?
Here's how it begins… so far:
Then there is The Novel!
Then, in addition, these weekly articles… Parts One, Two.. and so forth.
Meanwhile I'm also constructing my Second Symphony.
The final Third Movement is completed.
The first two movements, though, require greater patience.
Why? Story-telling is like that and, for me, music is always a story of the soul.
Not of a life.
An old man like myself has so many stories to tell about his soul that it becomes confusing.
Not the least confusing of which is how technology increasingly defies me.
Had to restart my computer just now.
The screen was so filled with work that the computer just had a nervous breakdown.
I've had my share of nervous breakdowns.
So many of them that they became a regular part of my day.
Then I had my ten year drinking spell, during which I said, "To hell with nervous breakdowns! I'll get drunk!!"
Then is when I began to booze and smoke myself to death.
If I'd never begun that kind of suicide, I never would have entered Alcoholics Anonymous.
If I hadn't entered AA, I wouldn't be alive today.
Because I would not have wanted to be alive.
"Let go, let God."
It's that simple.
That's why it's so hard.
It's so simple.
Something about human beings.
They want to make brain surgery out of everything.
Then they begin to not tell the rest of the world what they're up to.
Those games always end up in a world war.
We are due for our third one.
The New World Order is something only the Know-It-Alls understand. Yet the Know-It-Alls can't agree among themselves about much of anything.
But like I said it's all simpler than they want to make it.
The Soon-To-Be Worst Guys In The World don't believe in God – even though many of them pretend to – while The Not-So-Bad Guys In The World know that there must be something smarter than a human being.
There's a Divine Intelligence out there somewhere.
Why He lets fiendish weather, the virtual Heat-of-Hell reign supreme in the lower mainland of British Columbia?!
An omen of worse to come?
Evidence that it is time to move on?
Conditions that make a nice cold root beer the only possible antidote?
Meanwhile, this old man, this Grumpy Grampy – myself – has slowed himself down to the pace of a snail with a heart problem.
The slowest of slow motions.
Ironically, in film, to achieve the effects of slow motion, the celluloid running through a camera requires even more frames per second.
The camera works faster to achieve the appearance of slow motion.
The camera, like the human mind, is speeding up.
To maintain a slower tempo in life the mind must be constantly and most consciously on duty, at work and more profoundly alert and alive with attention to detail!
Man just naturally wants to short-cut everything, speed life up.
Ultimately, if such impatience and boredom persist, human despair.
The inevitable road to suicide.
"Wait a minute!"
That's a life-saving expression.
Even for people who don't appear to be threatened.
"Hold on now fer one darn second!!!"
Could save your life!
Those words are certainly the first real step to making your life more interesting.
Speaking of "Hold on!" – And of most vital importance – a video like this should have been available to the entire world by the end of Obama's first term.
God willing, it is not too late.
If it isn't too late, then World War III seems inevitable.
Even without a President Barack Obama, World War III might be inevitable.
Vladimir Putin seems convinced by Barack Obama's "flexibility" that he can get away with murder.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at email@example.com. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.