Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Epiphanies from The Princess Bride: The Fire Swamp
Visiting someone’s blog yesterday, I noticed that one of their favorite movies is The Princess Bride. I love that movie, so I’ve invented a dialogue to begin to explain why…
The Princess Bride? I love that movie!
Because I’ve learned so much from it?
You must be a simple guy, learning things from a movie.
You misunderstand: it’s a very deep movie.
Well, let me give you a snippet of mind-bending dialogue from the movie as Buttercup and Westley are about to enter the deadly Fire Swamp:
Buttercup: We'll never survive.
Westley: Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has.
There you go: Mind-bending!
Don’t you see? Westley is addressing the concept of artificial limits. He’s summed up the philosophy of the Wright Brothers, the world record breakers (think 4 minute mile), and even I-have-a-dream Martin Luther King Jr.
Yes. He’s delusionally optimistic. He’s a shatterer of paradigms. He’s a genius! And he did it all as a fictional character. Unbelievable!
Yes, dear. Truly unbelievable.