Genius alone will not do
Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Life is much bigger and more complex than we can comprehend, let alone navigate purely by intellectual ability. No man is an island, entire of itself. We all need somebody to help us along the way.
While there is a subplot love story, the movie makes us question the broader notion of what is a soulmate. What are the many forms our soulmate can take? Is it the demons from our past or the fears of an unknown future that are holding us back?
The coming-of-age of Will is wonderfully complimented by the equally touching catharsis undergone by Sean and professor Lambeau. The interconnectedness of us all and how we depend on each other to make our way in life, regardless of our individual gifts and personal journey. We can become wayward but never lost as long as someone believes in us.
“But you’re wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from human relationships. God’s placed it all around us. It’s in everything. It’s in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at those things”
— Christopher McCandless
“Aristotle be damned!
By Zeus and all the gods, what makes you so much better than them, Cassander? Better than you really are! In you and those like you is this!
What disturbs me most is not your lack of respect for my judgment. It’s your contempt for a world far older than ours!”
— Alexander the Great
“I cannot waste time with these classes and these books, memorizing the weaker assumptions of lesser mortals! I need to look through to the governing dynamics, find a truly original idea. That’s the only way I’ll ever distinguish myself. It’s the only way that I’ll ever… matter”
— John Nash
“You know the worst part?
The world didn’t stop. The newspaper still came every morning, the automatic sprinklers went off at six. Jerry next door still washed his car every Sunday.
My life ended and nobody noticed.”
— Phil Woodward
“You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.”
— Carl Sagan
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked…
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?”
— Kahlil Gibran