From Donnie Darko and its mysterious cover, I quite honestly didn’t know what to expect beforehand. To describe the movie in a word, it was “confusing”. The depiction of the story was convincing, with meaningful characters but I couldn’t really make much sense of the sequence of events as they were revealed; it was a paradox, at the very least.
Curious, I searched online for a detailed synopsis and there it was, the whole story explained, every piece put to the place it was meant to be. I skimmed through, but it demanded more focused attention; I tried to read closely, but couldn’t find the right motivation. It seemed as if I had come to accept the confusion surrounding the plot, as if confusion was what made the movie worthwhile, it was what, in my opinion, made it beautiful.
Confusion is the inability to understand, decide or make up one’s mind relating to a situation. It is the state of inability to think clearly enough to discern or decipher a particular situation. Ambivalence is a direct product of a confused state of mind. So many voices from within, without a dominating one, which stands apart, does lead to agitation every once in a while. The acts of a person who is convinced and able to comprehend a matter with its full complexities, antonym of confused basically, are plainly organised and planned.
But I am here to argue that some confusion is good in certain cases. A degree of uncertainty, that whisper of doubt which tells you to reconsider, is only a sign of your living existence, proof that you are indeed human. A confused person weighs both pros and cons with an open mind, in search for the way which will satisfy him the most. This broad mindedness resulting from confusion is quite contrary from the obstinacy of a decided mind. A degree of confusion makes us question, makes us ponder over the matter, giving rise to a healthy mental debate in most cases. If the matter is not decided, one can consider all the possibilities without any implications for transitioning from one approach to another at this rudimentary planning stage. Some things are better off left unsorted till the right moment, or forever maybe. It might be fruitful to stay in the dark for a while, and let things be; leaving the natural course of events unperturbed.
Being confused about some things is definitely more desirable than being certain about some things only. Confusion may lead to a creative and innovative approach of cognition, but it should never be allowed to circumvent one’s curiosity.
So, how often do you embrace the confusion which sprouts around you???