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‘Your authentic self is constantly trapped under the weight of negative forces in this world’: Viola Davis

"You know, sometimes I felt, and you will feel, that who you are is hidden away like a piece of really great jewellery that you keep in a box, and you only take it out during special occasions," she said.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
August 27, 2021 8:20:04 am
Perhaps if I only realised that I do not admire what everyone seems to admire, I would really begin to live after all," she said,

Speaking at Providence College, actor Viola Davis gave a heartfelt speech. “I’m going to hit you with something deep. You know, your authentic self is constantly trapped under the weight of the most negative forces in this world. And it will be an everyday battle. You know, sometimes I felt, and you will feel, that who you are is hidden away like a piece of really great jewellery that you keep in a box, and you only take it out during special occasions.

Yet your everyday persona is a type of demonic possession. But the demons aren’t gargoyles or red-faced men with horns, but everyone else’s dreams, desires, definitions of success, greed, the pursuit of personality instead of character, the exchange of love and family, for money and possessions, entitlement with no sense of responsibility, and the most frightening demon of all, lack of purpose,” she said.

“If I do not know who I am, it is because I think I am the sort of person everyone around me wants to be. Perhaps I’d never asked myself whether I really wanted to become whatever everyone else seems to want to become. Perhaps if I only realised that I do not admire what everyone seems to admire, I would really begin to live after all,” she said.

“You see the two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born. Now I have only been able to slay dragons when I have kept these two important facts in sharp focus, because at some point in life, it will indeed suck. Loss of a loved one, health issues, marriage, children, loss of passion, the discovery that what you thought you wanted in life … you don’t. You veer off course, but all that while, that purpose, that thing that you were specifically, divinely made for will be looming in front of you,” the Fences actor stated.

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