"Latter Days" is a 2003 movie about a Mormon missionary who is sent by his church to minister to folks in Los Angeles. The plot in the movie revolves around this very straight-laced missionary, Elder Aaron Davis (portrayed by the very handsome actor, Steve Sandvoss) and his new life in L.A. When he and three other missionaries with him settle into their apartment, they encounter their neighbor, Christian, who is gay, and who works at a nearby restaurant as a waiter. Elder Davis and Christian (played by Wes Ramsey) become friends, and it's the interaction between these two completely different people that the movie examines. I won't go any further into the story line, in case you haven't seen it, but I have to tell you that it's one of my favorite films ever...and yes, it did make me cry.
In the scene I want you to share with you, the owner of the restaurant where Christian works, Lila Montagne (played by Jacqueline Bisset) has visited a terminally-ill friend of hers in a hospital. When she leaves the hospital, she sits on a bench and begins to break down, hating to see her friend so sick.
In what I think is one of the most moving scenes in the movie, Elder Davis sees Lila and comes over and attempts to comfort this obviously-distressed woman.
He asks her, "Do you ever read the Sunday comics?"
Lila replies, "I beg your pardon?"
Elder Davis continues, "The comic page? When I was a little kid, I used to put my face right up to them, you know. And I was just amazed because it was just this mass of dots. I think life is like that sometimes. But I like to think that from God's prospective, life, everything, even this ["this" refers to the situation with Lila's friend], makes sense. It's not just dots. Instead we're all...we're all...connected, and it's beautiful and it's funny and it's good. From this close we, we can't expect it to make sense, right now."
Wow! Aaron said exactly what I have long believed: we human beings are connected to each other-for good or bad-even if we're not in love with that fact, and even if we conduct our lives as if we're not. And it's easy to lose sight of "the bigger picture" when you're busy just trying to live your everyday life. It's tempting to think that life really is just a mass of unrelated dots on the comics page of life. Truth is, most of us don't often have the privilege of being able to stand back for a moment, take a breath, and perhaps gain a new perspective on our lives. Aaron's right again, there is much in life that does not make sense to us, and probably never will; it's just part and parcel of the human condition, I suppose. We mere mortals seem to have an endless supply of questions, but often, few answers-at least too few satisfying answers. 'Twas ever thus.
No one ever said life on the comics page would be easy.
Living is just not for wimps.
The following link is a clip of the scene I describe above.http://youtu.be/6U7or5hxlDM