“I thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. I stayed up all night thinking about it. Something occurred to me.
I fell into a deep peaceful sleep after that, haven’t thought about you since.
You know what it occurred to me?
You are just a kid.
You don’t have the faintest idea what you’re talking about.”
“Well thank you…”
You’ve never been out of Boston.”
We tend to judge “books by their cover”. We all do that. It’s in our nature. We tend to assume who people are only by seeing the tip of the iceberg.
We forget that each and every single one of us is as deep as the ocean itself. We forget that each and every single one of us has a different story, different villains they fight.
We learn and we assume we know everything. We generalize people based on some superficial clues we think describe them.
The other side of the coin, and maybe even worse is that we don’t share our depths.
We are ok with belonging in a certain group and we are scared of shattering our place by sharing what truly matters for us.
We are scared of expressing the reason behind the statistics and traits which define us.
Of course we are going to be all the same when we act all the same.
The one thing that makes us special is the way we see the world. Each of us has a unique point of view in the entire Universe. Have you ever wondered about that?
We all entered our Universe through a different doorway and since then we observe it in our own way.
We all have a different story, different obstacles we stumbled upon, different lessons to teach and different purpose to follow.
Each of us. Every single person you met.
There is no good and evil, only a failure to communicate.
Good and evil are concepts, groups we put people in if they meet certain criteria.
We fail to make other’s see our reasons and we fail to see others’ reasons so we separate into groups and divide until the other group becomes our enemy.
The reality is we are much more than the group we belong to.
We are much more than the books we love, the movies, TV shows we watch, the songs we listen to, the cars we drive, the way we look and dress.
We are much more than where we work and what we do, what we studied and who our parents were.
We are much more than the assumption for the group we belong in.
We are the reason behind our actions.
The lesson of this monologue is pretty simple, yet, one of the most powerful lessons ever told.
“And if I asked you about love you probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone could level you with her eyes. Feeling like! God put an angel on earth just for you… who could rescue you from the depths of hell.”
We all felt like this. Hell, that’s why we do all the crazy things we do. We try to be normal after experiencing something like this, thinking we are the only ones.
But we are not. The bully you deal with, the nerd you laugh at, the boss at your work… they all loved and lost. But who of them shares it? You think you are better? Who knows about you, huh?
“But you’re a genius, Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine and you ripped my fuckin’ life apart.
You’re an orphan right? Do you think I’d know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are because I read Oliver Twist?
Does that encapsulate you?
Personally, I don’t give a s*&t about all that, because you know what? I can’t learn anything from you I can’t read in some fuckin’ book.
Unless you wanna talk about you, who you are. And I’m fascinated. I’m in.”
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