Thus spoke Silent Bob, by Kevin Smith

“A tremendously influential philosophical work of the late nineteenth century, Thus Spake Zarathustra is also a literary masterpiece by one of the most important thinkers of modern times. In it, the ancient Persian religious leader Zarathustra (or Zoroaster) serves as the voice for Friedrich Nietzsche’s views, which include the introduction of the controversial doctrine of the Übermensch, or “superman.” Although later perverted by Nazi propagandists, the Übermensch was conceived by Nietzsche to designate the ultimate goal of human existence as the achievement of greatness of will and being. He was convinced that the individual, instead of resigning himself to the weakness of being human and worshipping perfection only possible in the next world (at least in the Christian view), should try to perfect himself during his earthly existence, and transcend the limitations of conventional morality. By doing so, the Übermensch would emerge victorious, standing in stark contrast to “the last man” — an uncreative conformist and complacent hedonist who embodies Nietzsche’s critique of modern civilization, morality, and the Christian religion. Written in a passionate, quasi-biblical style, Thus Spake Zarathustra is daring in form and filled with provocative, thought-provoking concepts. Today, the work is regarded as a forerunner of modern existentialist thought, a book that has provoked and stimulated students of philosophy and literature for more than 100 years. ”

Aşa scrie pe Amazon despre cartea lui Neitzsche şi iată cum pornind de la un titlu care mi s-a părut perfect pentru a scrie despre Clerks, o comedie mixed with drama, alb-negru, anii ’90, am găsit şi text care poate foarte bine vorbi şi despre filmul în sine. Aşa grăit-a Silent Bob (“You know, there’s a million fine-looking women in the world, dude. But they don’t all bring you lasagna at work. Most of ‘em just cheat on you.”) – mi-a plăcut, mi-a plăcut, mi-a plăcut!!! – şi aşa se poate vorbi despre Clerks, ca despre o lucrare de o influență covârşitoare care desfide limitele moralițății convenționale, ale conformității necreative şi ale hedonismului complacent pentru a aduce în lumină un erou care a trecut prin iad cu toate cercurile lui (gumă de mestecat băgată în lacăte, o prietenă care aparent numărase până la 3 – cu tot cu el – dar de fapt până la 36 – fără el, client suferind de ceea ce se cheamă “shell-shock” şi manifestându-se prin căutarea oului perfect, client cu hemoroizi – printre altele…, un prieten care-i şochează toți clienții (superb acest Randal cu felul lui de-a vorbi neîntrebat sau de a nu răspunde când e întrebat, cu felul lui de-a agasa, de-a irita, e un fel de Silent Bob, în aparență indiferent dar de fapt privitorul atent, superprietenul, supraconştiința), un priveghi la care răstoarnă sicriul cu moarta în el, apariția fostei, amenda, dilemele, metafora vieții lui – el mic şi făcând pe el din cauză că toaleta avea capac şi a-l ridica ar fi perturbat întreaga ordine) pentru a transcede victorios şi a ajunge să întruchipeze noul om. Un film creat cu pasiune, în stil cvasi-simbolic, Clerks este un film îndrăzneț în formă (şi fond) şi cu replici pline de concepte provocatoare (so it’s called snowballing…) şi thought-provoking: “You want to blame somebody? Blame yourself! “I’m not even supposed to be here today.” You sound like an asshole! Jesus, nobody twisted your arm to be here. You’re here of your own volition. You like to think the weight of the world rests on your shoulder, like this place would fall apart if Dante wasn’t here. Jesus, you over-compensate for havin’ what’s basically a monkey’s job. You push fuckin’ buttons! Anybody could waltz in here and do our jobs. You, you’re so obsessed with making it seem so much more epic, so much more important than it really is. Christ, you work in a convenience store, Dante, and badly I might add. I work in a shitty video store, badly as well. You know, that guy Jay’s got it right, man, he has no delusions about what he does. Us – we like to make ourselves seem so much more important than the people that come in here to buy a paper or God forbid, cigarettes. We look down on them as if we’re so advanced. Well, if we’re so fuckin’ advanced, what are we doin’ working here?!”

Deci “Clerks”, iată un tip de existențialism care ar trebui să fie consumat pentru încă cel puțin o sută de ani.