This excerpt is from the 1982 movie "The Year of Living Dangerously" and this scene takes place when two people are walking through a poverty-ridden slum in Asia.
I'm usually like the character Guy, thinking of the big picture and the logical outcomes of actions; what actual difference would a few dollars make to a bum? It wouldn't solve their real problems but just act as an overnight band-aid. I find this thought process sort of paralyses me as it makes me and my actions seem to inconsequential to the grand scheme—you know, that sort of 'it's pointless so why bother' feeling.BILLY
It's from Luke, chapter three, verse ten. What then must we do? Tolstoy asked the same question. He wrote a book with that title. He got so upset about the poverty in Moscow that he went one night into the poorest section and just gave away all his money. You could do that now. Five American dollars would be a fortune to one of these people.
Wouldn't do any good, just be a drop in the ocean.
Ahh, that's the same conclusion Tolstoy came to, I disagree.
Oh, what's your solution?
Well, I support the view that you just don't think about the major issues. You do whatever you can about the misery that's in front of you. Add your light to the sum of light. You think that's naive, don't you?
So why this quote resonated with me so much is because the character Billy focuses on the microsms of life—give a helping hand, share a smile; while it doesnt change the world it is still substantial for me and that person because it is a direct connection that molds our emotions. This scene has really changed the way I think and probably how I will now behave.
Do you have any thoughts on it, or can you relate to the conversation?