The character “Hicky” from the play, The Iceman Cometh, urged that to find peace, you had to give up hope. But giving up their pipe dreams about a better tomorrow ruined the drinking habits of the patrons of Harry Hope’s saloon. However when the habitues decided that Hicky was crazy, this allowed them to get back to their regular escape of drinking until they passed out. Yet one character, Larry Slade, could not decide for sure that Hicky had been wrong.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Iceman Was Crazy”, published to YouTube on April 19, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 8 minutes and 35 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
“Ambition is the mother of sorrow,” states an old Buddhist proverb. Theodore “Hicky” Hickman seemed to have discovered this, after he gained peace after abandoning hope.
Mostly it goes like this: Things go wrong and you lose hope; then in the midst of despair, you find peace; and after you find peace, you begin to experience hope. And round and round it goes.
So was Hicky crazy? I say he was just going through a phase, like most of us do to various extents. A key aspect of Eugene O’Neill’s play, The Iceman Cometh, is succinctly covered in my brief video, “Iceman Was Crazy”, including several clips from the 1973 film version starring Lee Marvin, Fredric March, and Robert Ryan.