What We Did on Our Holiday

From the 2014 film "What We Did on Our Holiday" by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, great wisdom as an old man speaks quietly with his granddaughter:

Gordy: "You've heard of cancer. Well, I've got that."

Lottie: "But you will get better?"

Gordy: "Well, actually no. They can't make me any better. And the treatments they've been giving me have been putting a terrible strain on my heart. — <pauses> — But right now, right this second, I feel brilliant. — <pauses, as she writes something down> — What is this?"

Lottie: "It's my notebook."

Gordy: "You know, Lottie, a lot of life doesn't look very good written down."

... and a little later ...

Gordy: "Maybe your parents just lied to protect you."

Lottie: "Do you ever lie?"

Gordy: "I've told lots of lies. Lots and lots. And I always lied to policemen, who said, 'What speed were you going?' and I said '30 miles an hour' when i was clearly doing much faster than that. — <pauses> — And I don't care. — <laughs> — Sometimes, if your intentions are good, it's ok to lie."

Lottie: "If you don't like someone's food at someone's house, and you say, 'This is great,' even though ..."

Gordy: "That's what you do. You don't say, 'My God, I think I'm gonna vomit here!'"

Lottie: "What you're saying is, it's ok to lie to some people sometimes?"

Gordy: "Yeah. It's also good fun. For instance ..."

... and later still, on the beach ...

Lottie: "Mum and Dad lie so much. I just don't trust them any more. They make me so angry."

Gordy: "I used to feel like that with my lot too. Until I suddenly realized there was no point in being angry with people I loved for being what they are. ... The truth is, every human being on this planet is ridiculous in their own way. So we shouldn't judge and we shouldn't fight, because in the end — <sighs> — because in the end, none of it matters. None of this stuff."

(cf Wings of Acceptance (2015-05-26), Simple Mind (2015-09-16), Set Aside Judging (2017-02-17), Mantra - Be Meta, Be Open, Be Love (2018-11-11), ...) - ^z - 2020-04-05