I love the play, “Inherit the Wind” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee.
I love the witty lines and the lines that punch home hard with truth and challenge. One of my very favorite exchanges, you may remember, goes something like this:
The William Jennings Bryan character, "Matthew Harrison Brady" (played by Fredric March), is on the witness stand and replies to a question put by the Clarence Darrow character, "Henry Drummond" (played by Spencer Tracy):
"I don't think about things that I don't think about!"
Henry Drummond responds:
"Well, do you ever think about the things you do think about?"
These are truly unforgettable lines and there is so much grist in that exchange that you could write pages about it. But you can relax. I won’t. Instead, I will report that I sometimes wonder how many people actually take the time to really think about anything. How often do we sit quietly – and I mean quietly (no radio, no TV, no music…just blissful silence) – and ponder our world? Ourselves? Cabbages, and kings?
I sometimes find myself thinking of the weirdest things. Not that they are weird in and of themselves, mind you, but just weird that I, out of the blue and out of context with anything going on around me at that moment, happened to think of them at all. But then, I’ve always been one to ask questions. To wonder. To challenge. So I’ve decided to do a “mind wandering” series of posts (that could show up at any time) entitled “Things I Sometimes Think About” because…..it’s interesting to me….could possibly be interesting to others….And…
Because I can.