Fill life with living life to the max or empty life from the need to? Sometimes, we want to fill life by embracing all of it, but then we find we’re empty. Is living life to the max detrimental to living life? According to the gospel of All That Jazz, perhaps it is. All That Jazz (1979) has an angle on living life to the max. Simply, it’s when Max living gets out of hand…
Supposedly biographical, on the life and career of director Bob Fosse, the main idea of the film is to get the most out of life, but the key character winds up with excessiveness and a hefty pay packet—a heart attack and eventually death, none the more fulfilled for all his life to the max behaviour.
Quite simply, life to the max can get out of hand. It seems we weren’t meant to push ourselves to the max as it can lead to disaster.
In All That Jazz, Max living involves drugs, women and sex, and lots and lots of over work, leading to a decline and the prospect of death, which does eventually happen, without finding a fulfilled life at all, but a deep dark hole.
Max living can have the reverse effect, instead of finding what we’re looking for, which is a sense of satisfaction from life, life gets spat out back in our face and says enough! One does too much for nothing in return.
But, as they say, there is hope for life to the max fatalities.
Lay the burden down. Get rid of the burden.
Would Jesus help? He said:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)