Is It Enough For Human Beings Just To Serve Life? Can Just Serving Everyday Life And Living Eventually Harm Them?

When in the morning children run out to school, as usual, the father starts his working day of making brushes. The father is a craftsman – he needs to provide for his large family – a wife and a handful of children. The wife for most of the time is pregnant. And she hates when her husband is working. Today again his stereotypical movements made her impatient and irritated, until she got tired and again deserted from home for a stroll outside.

Outside their hovel she meets not so much people as butterflies, dragonflies and bees who usually accumulating around the wife of our artisan who is whole-headedly dedicated to his work and their children. By every day waiting for her appearance, the insects even gradually learned how to obtain human form to please her.

The wife’s (of the Buddha-looking craftsman) strolls became the event of the slums. She moved like a model in front of public. She simultaneously excited and satisfied the insects and the bystanders, and she, as if indifferently enjoyed the attention of the both amid the sun and breeze.

The woman and insects’ friendly familiarity with each other, their cheerful crudeness bring smiles to the faces of the onlookers who felt waves of optimism and belief in the future. The poor and marginal also want to enjoy life as much as possible… somehow.

But the most amazing characters of this segment of Kurosawa’s “Dodeskaden” is the husband of the woman attracted to the bees, dragonflies and butterflies of human male gender. He really loved to care about his wife’s children. His readiness to live, to enjoy not only living, but caring about what lives and to share life’s softness and sensitivity makes him a kind of a hero, a kind of a Buddha character, keeper of the hearth.

At the school and yards children of our couple were hearing gossip that they’re not the children of their kind and caring father and that each of them are from another, different fathers. This painful rumors and the laughter usually accompanying it made the kids we see here, insulted and humiliated. They felt themselves worse and inferior in comparison with other – normal children. They couldn’t resist to complain about what’s happened to their only father they had.

Our hero of domestic wisdom invented a semantic trick – probably, the only chance in this situation to pacify children of their age by trying to close their emotional wound and start to heal it. He suggested to them that it’s impossible to make people not to talk about what they want to talk about and that fatherhood in this situation is, practically the matter of children’s belief in who their father is. He explained to his kids that their father is the one about whom they believe that he is their father. So, the issue can be resolved only through – whom they believe – him, who knows that he is their father, or other people who are saying whatever they like. Children were saved by their father’s explanation. Of course, they agreed to believe in father’s love and in having a loving father and being happier than their peers or evil adults inventing dirty stories.


This type of optimistic, hopeful and joyful resolution of people’s doubts, uncertainties and fears is very resourceful and humane. People need hope, because life is so controversial and can be so tormenting, if not our human ability to put our interest in truth aside only to continue to live. The poor and oppressed people or those who are corrupted by the dream about possessing the wells and walls of wealth often never even form the need to be interested in truth. These people don’t have the chance to reach maturity. They stay whole life as kids greedy for self-assertion. Lack of education and excess of superstitions and prejudices are their loyal friends. Even in the so called democracies people can vote for leaders who are super-competent in imitating people’s hopes with their propaganda slogans precluding people’s ability to realize their dreams in real life.

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