Movie Quote Thursday – A Peek inside
I was talking to someone the other day about a very low point in his life. I came to the topic armed with a pre-conceived idea that his roughest patch could be nowhere near as difficult as other people’s rough patches. After all, I reasoned ahead of time, he’s an accomplished and successful executive with a medical degree, has a strong family heritage, probably lives an upper-middle-class life, and in any case, has his act pretty together from all accounts.
Boy was I wrong. His lowest point was as low as you can imagine anybody else’s –– if not lower. He talked about heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping-to-the-floor in amazement things. He wasn’t dramatic; he didn’t need to be. He was frank, humble, honest, and most of all, he was thankful. Why thankful? Because without having a tight grasp on understanding how low things got for him, and how far away from those days he was able to recover to, he wouldn’t have the same appreciation for how fortunate his life is.
And it made me think. We go through the things we go through and people are none the wiser. Most people don’t have a clue as to how fragile our existence can be, or how delicate a line we sometimes walk between fortune and ruin. People don’t know the desperate thoughts that can creep into an overburdened 3:00am mind. People have no idea what we’ve dealt with.
We can’t presume to know people, nor should we draw conclusions about the origins and directions of the storylines of someone’s life. It’s difficult to do, but we should presume that everyone has the potential to have been as human as us.
With that in mind, here are a few movie quotes on the topic:
“Knowing where you’re from, that’s half of knowing who you are.” Garrett Hedlund in Pan
“It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking people are the sum total of what you see.” Deborah Monk in This is Where I leave You
“Arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand-in-hand.” Judy Dench in Casino Royale