Men In Black and Life Lessons
I have been introducing my boys to FBB (Flicks Before Birth) over the past year. Rediscovering some of my favorites movies has been great family fun. The other night we were watching Men In Black and I heard a quote that I missed the first time I watched this movie (I was probably getting a popcorn refill at the time). Agent K, Tommy Lee Jones, was filling in Will Smith’s character about the existence of aliens on planet earth:
A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.
We actually stopped the movie for a few minutes and talked about what that meant. How a person is smart, but people are dumb. I told them that a great example of this is how easy an intelligent person, through peer pressure, can get mixed up in drugs.
It also made me wonder if as a “people” we are “being dumb, panicky, dangerous animals” by borrowing trillions of dollars from other countries during this recession.