written by M. Night Shyamalan
Merril: Some people are probably thinking this is the end of the world.
Graham: It's true.
Merril: Do you think it could be?
Merril: How can you say that?
Graham: That wasn't the answer you wanted?
Merril: Couldn't you pretend to be like you used to be? Gimme some comfort.
Graham: People break down into two groups. Then when they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more then luck, more then a coincidence. They see it as a sign. Evidence that there is someone up there watching out for them. Group number two, sees it as just pure luck. A happy turn of chance. I'm sure that people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, this situation is a 50-50. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that, fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in the group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there'll be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. So what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you. Are you the kind that sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky. Or, look at the question this way. Is it possible, that there are no coincidences?
Merril: I was at this party once, and I'm on the couch with Amanda McKinney. She was just sitting there, looking beautiful, staring at me. I go to lean in an' kiss her, and I realize I have gum in my mouth. So I turn, take out the gum, stuff it in the paper cup next to the sofa, and turn around. Amanda McKinney throws up all over herself. I knew the second it happened, it was a miracle. I could have been kissing her when she threw up. It would have scarred me for life. I may never have recovered. I'm a miracle man. Those lights are a miracle.
Graham: There you go.
Merril: So which type are you?
Graham: Do you feel comforted?
Merril: Yeah I do.
Graham: Then what does it matter?
Graham: I never told you the last words that Colleen said before they let her die. She said "see." Then her eyes glazed a bit, and then she said "swing away." You know why she said that? Because the nerve endings in her brain were firing as she died and some random memory of us at one of your baseball games just popped into her head. There is no one watching out for us Merril. We are all on our own.
Kudos and much thanks go to Chris for these monologues, it is very much appreciated.
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