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Good Will Hunting And Love

by Peter on April 25, 2009

Tonight, I’m staying up al night because I’m taking a flight in about 6 hours. I don’t go to sleep when I fly in the morning because I don’t want to sleep in and because it is nicer to just sleep on the plane.  Well, while up I was channel surfing and came across the scene in Good Will Hunting where Sean (Robin Williams) is letting Will (Matt Damon) know that life has significance when there is an experience of it.  Will was scared to experience it because he didn’t want to be hurt.  Sean, on the other hand, was hurt from the lose of his wife but the fact that he experienced love made it all the while.

Here’s the scene:

So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable— known someone that could level you with her eyes. Feeling like God put an angel on Earth just for you. That could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel. To have that love for her, be there for forever. Through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting up in a hospital room for two months holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes that the term ‘visiting hours’ don’t apply to you.


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