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August 4th, 2006

This was supposed to be posted yesterday around 4pm but, alas, I ran out of time. So here it is. 

I watched Secondhand Lions for the first time last week. It was very good. There was an exceptional exchange from Hub (uncle) to Walter (nephew):

“Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good. That honor, courage and virtue mean everything; that power and money … money and power mean nothing. That good always triumphs over evil. And I want you to remember this, that love, true love never dies! Remember that boy … remember that. Doesn’t matter if it is true or not, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.” 

Context is important (you should really see this movie); he’s not saying that truth doesn’t matter; rather you need to believe in things that are right and stand up for them. Be an optimist. Never give up. To quote Mr. Greene:

Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure. Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation.
- Graham Greene

Or as I usually say, ‘dare to despair’.


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