“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars; Hazel Grace Lancaster
I just watched this movie last night….needless to say, I was awake until 3 AM bawling my eyes out. And yes, I had read the book. I did not think I would be affected as harshly as all of the strictly movie-goers, but I was so wrong. Watching it play out, I was just filled with this overwhelming sense of desolation. Not for Augustus Waters, exactly, but for humankind. That quote hit me so hard it was like a bullet to the stomach. We are so small. We are meaningless. YOU make yourself large. YOU make yourself have meaning. To be afraid of death or what comes after…is just not sensible. It is determined. It is destined. We have to stop being afraid of the unknown and appreciate the known. What you have now may or may not be all you ever have, but it is what you have. What is, is what matters. We have hope, we have fear, we have truth, we have lies: we have. Whether you become the president or whether you become a janitor, we are all on the same level. We will all face the same end. I love that line that says: Don’t pity the dead, pity the living. The living are the people who have to go on LIVING. And sometimes living is the hardest thing to do. The people that get left behind are the ones who have to feel.