In M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, Graham and Merrill Hess are watching the news on television, which is focusing on 14 lights from unidentified crafts that have appeared above Mexico City. Merrill mentions that a lot of people are probably looking at the events that have occured over the last few days as the end of the world--a comment which leads Graham to explain why he thinks people look at things the way they do:
Graham: People break down into two groups when they experience something lucky. Group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them.
Group number two sees it as just pure luck. A happy turn of chance. I'm sure that people in group number two are looking at those 14 lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation isn't 50-50. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people.
But there's a whole lot of people in the group number one. When they see those 14 lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope.
See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky?
Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Favorite Movie Moment: Two kinds of people
(Image: Screencapture, Touchstone)