Phenomenon

youtube: George – Human Spirit
youtube: Doc – Tear him down / buy chairs
youtube: Were not so disconnected
youtube: Specifics Bob
link: Lyrics of Change the World by Eric Clapton.
link: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/phenomenon-1996

George Malley, a simple, small town, slow guy, sees a light the night of his 37th birthday and develops extreme intelligence and telekinesis. His projects and inventions highlight how creative man can be when he applies himself. This scene (see youtube link above) or quote below underscores why this movie’s message is so important – that we firmly grasp life and find our true potential. And the closing credits song (see link above) wonderfully accents the urgency with which this message is made – “That this love I have inside Is everything it seems But for now I find It’s only in my dreams That I can Change the world”. A powerful call to action, like Curious Lives and Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

George Malley: Look, Doctor, you know, I might just have something to say.. in my last few hours. I just might have something to say. What you’re saying is that I have something to teach. And yet you’re willing to end me to study my brain under a microscope. Now, is that all I’m here for?

Doctor: What else? You’re not a scholar or a..

George Malley:
I’ll tell you what I am, okay?
I’ll tell you what I think I am.
I think I’m what everybody can be.

Doctor: Everyone with a malignant, tentacled..

George Malley: No, no, no. No, no, it’s.. That just helped me get here, okay? I mean, anybody can get here. It’s.. I’m the possibility, all right? I mean, I think you’ve got this desperate grasp on technology.. and this grasp on science, and you don’t have a hand left to grasp what’s important.

Doctor: George. Now, George..

George Malley: If had to chose between a tumor.. that got me here and some flash
of light from an alien craft, I’d choose the tumor, I would, because it’s here within us.

What I’m talking about is the human spirit. That’s the challenge. That’s the voyage. That’s the expedition.