The Wisdom of Nemo

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Actually, the title should be ‘The Wisdom of Dory.’ Recently I was spending a relaxing evening at home and was in search of an enjoyable movie. As I surfed the channels I came across Finding Nemo. A classic and one of my very favorites. There are so many dialogue gems in the script! (I quote Dory often in my life!) On this occasion, one scene really made me think. Dory and Marlin (Nemo’s father) are hitching a ride inside a whale on their way to rescue Nemo (at 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney). Marlin is loosing hope, yet again (a very ‘glass half full’ guy). Dory’s response to him is admirable, and one I advise we all follow a little more. The exchange goes something like this:

MARLIN: I promised him (Nemo) I’d never let anything happen to him.

DORY: Huh. That’s a funny thing to promise.


DORY: Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.

How true that is! We try so hard to avoid bad things happening that we don’t truly live! How much more valuable were lessons from failures than from successes? If everything was easy, we would never feel accomplishment of overcoming obstacles. If you want to have a good life, get into action! Life is about experiences. From an existential view, we know that both good and bad things will happen (We hope!). The world is absurd, crazy, and uncertain. Deal with it! (harsh, I know) Better yet…live it! Live in spite of the uncertainty, absurdity, and suffering. Live, learn, and love.

That’s all I wanted to say. Thanks for reading.