Jim Carrey is using the written word and adorable illustrations to tackle some of life’s heaviest questions in his first self-published children’s book, How Roland Rolls.
The 64-page book holds "a story about a wave named Roland who's afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he's struck by the notion that he's not just a wave — he's the whole big, wide ocean! It shows humanity's interconnectedness through the metaphor of a wave in the ocean."
Carrey explained that the foundation of the book was rooted in his own childhood and all the questions left unanswered concerning mortality.
"When I was a child," the actor stated, "my parents were smokers and I had a deep fear that they would die. . . and then what would happen to me? I think that's a common fear for children — the fear of loss. It's an early existential crisis, if you will.
"But when we realize that beneath the surface of things — the activities of our lives — we are all connected, all one energy, that fear of loss gets softened. At times, it disappears entirely. At least that's been true for me."
This is a childhood experience certainly shared by many fellow adults, but Carrey admitted that he had an even greater reason to pen this book — to provide an inspirational outlet for children and create an ethical bond.
"Through stories we make our children feel secure, and that good conquers evil. All the characters in a story are parts of ourselves, of course, so through stories we gain self-knowledge.
"We are inspired to embody heroic archetypes. We learn how to not let worries ruin our lives — how to make that brave move into the unknown, then find that we're usually pleasantly surprised by the outcome."
The book hits the shelves on Tuesday, and an e-book voiced by Carrey himself will be available on iTunes. Will you be picking up a copy for your little one?
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