CHAIRMAN: Dr. Arroway, you come before us with no evidence. No records, no artifacts -- only a story that -- to put I mildly -- strains credibility. Over two trillion dollars was spent, hundreds of lives were lost, many more may be in jeopardy due to the almost incalculable worldwide psychological impact... Are you going to sit there and tell us that we should simply take this all on faith?(Image: Copyrighted by Warner Bros; text from Screenplays For You)
KITZ: Answer the question, Doctor. As a scientist -- can you prove any of this?
Ellie closes her eyes. Finally, almost inaudibly-
The room is silent. Almost gently-
KITZ: So why don't you admit what by your own standards must be the truth: that this experience simply didn't happen.
Ellie pauses, then, simply-
ELLIE: Because I can't.
The crowd reacts. Ellie looks up to the gallery . . . and finds Joss. As she speaks with great emotion and restraint, she seems to be talking directly to him.
ELLIE: I had... an experience. I can't prove it. I can't even explain it. All I can tell you is that everything I know as a human being, everything I am -- tells me that it was real.
The room grows quiet.
ELLIE: I was given something wonderful. Something that changed me. A vision of the universe that made it overwhelmingly clear just how tiny and insignificant -- and at the same time how rare and precious we all are. A vision... that tells us we belong to something greater than ourselves... that we're not -- that none of us -- is alone.
I wish I could share it. I wish everyone, if only for a moment -- could feel that sense of awe, and humility... and hope. That continues to be my wish.
So Paul took his stand in the open space at the Areopagus and laid it out for them: "I'm here to introduce you to this God.... He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him!" ~Acts 17