A big reason I became an English major and a writer was because of this scene.
I was terrible at sports. I couldn’t play an instrument. My math didn’t add up. My father wanted me to be an engineer or doctor, but I was a below average student. I didn’t know how to do much of anything else but play with words.
But when I saw this scene, I knew that was enough.
“No matter what anyone tells you, words and ideas can change the world… Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry…”
Later in seminary, while good professors tried to teach me to dissect and exegete the text of Scripture like the scales of J. Evans Pritchard, I held onto this scene to remember that Scripture is poetry… that I am part of its Great Story, and I am contributing a verse.
Robin Williams stood in front of people, told good stories, made us laugh, and faced his demons. He was like a true pastor that way.
Genie, you’re free. Thank you the verse you helped write in my life.
May you sleep in peace tonight.