Alain de Botton’s short piece of writing on the dark truth about love speaks with care about the human condition — reminding me of Robert Sapolsky’s ideas about embracing paradox and continuing to move forward nevertheless. And, in the hands of Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee, this sensitively done animation considers this idea with care and a deft lightness elevates each phrase:
“You will never find the right person.
Such a creature does not exist.
You are irredeemably alone.
You will not be understood.
The moments of love were an illusion.
There is something wrong with you
And with everyone else.
The idea of love distracts us from an existential loneliness.
Now let’s pretend we do not know any of this.”