A quote from Elliot in episode five of Mr Robot

My father picked me up from school one day, and we played hooky and went to the beach. It was too cold to go in the water, so we sat on a blanket and ate pizza. When I got home, my sneakers were full of sand, and I dumped it on my bedroom floor. I didn’t know the difference. I was six. My mother screamed at me for the mess, but he wasn’t mad. He said that billions of years ago, the world shifting and the oceans moving brought that sand to that spot on the beach, and then I took it away. “Every day,” he said, “we change the world,” which is a nice thought until I think about how many days and lifetimes I would need to bring a shoe full of sand home until there is no beach, until it made a difference to anyone. Every day, we change the world, but to change the world in a way that means anything, that takes more time than most people have. It never happens all at once. It’s slow. It’s methodical. It’s exhausting. We don’t all have the stomach for it.


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  1. Lila says:

    Liam,I realized that you are not a pastor but you try to change the World by helping out your Church. You are also married to Helen,so send her my regards.
    Now this hero,Mr.Robot,reminds me a bit a character ,Bombadil,from David Mitchell’s new book”Slade House’,coming out next week.
    I am super busy studying this week ,but my quick comment to this quote from Mr.Robot is that if we want to change the World we surely can. This world consists from people,people who live next to us,people who work next to us,people who have or are about to face similar problems with ours.All we need is to notice these people,not to bypass them.I have a work colleague who is a widower with 3 young kids and I have decided that I would do everything I could to help these kids.Support them emotionally ,try to ease their pain from the loss of their mother.
    I have also prepared a parcel with goodies for a friend in Scotland. All I need is time and I do not have enough this time….


  2. liamthatcher says:

    Ooh… I didn’t know Mitchell had a new novel coming out. It hasn’t been long since Bone Clocks?! I will check it out.

    I agree – I think a lot of talk about ‘changing the world’ is all at a global level, and so few of us can achieve that. But all of us can change ‘our’ world through small acts of kindness. And that is powerful enough!


  3. Lila says:

    Today I decided to change my “garden world” by planting some pansies and chrysantemums and I was thinking that David Mitchell would be fairly busy for the coming months; but if you think ,Liam,that you have a considerable number of people who would like to meet both Mitchell and Faber,do not hesitate to contact them.Something tells me that they would find the time and way to meet you ,ALL.
    Both of them have written about twins:Faber for the”Fahrenheit twins” and David now in the “Slade House” about another pair of evil twins.It would be interesting to examine if any similarities?!
    I want to read what you have written about Foster Wallace and if you find time I want pieces from the Bible or your interpretation about the act of “Confession”. You see I examine it under the Prism of Psychology and Law.Post any useful references.Thanks.Regards to Helen.


    1. liamthatcher says:

      Hi Lila,
      I’ve blogged a couple of short pieces on Foster Wallace. Nothing very substantial. Here: https://leavenonearth.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/a-conversation-starter-from-david-foster-wallace/ and here: https://leavenonearth.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/everybody-worships-david-foster-wallace-on-idolatry/

      This talk uses a Foster Wallace quote and also talks about the idea of confession and repentance, so may be worth listening to: https://leavenonearth.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/joseph-the-transformation-of-judah-genesis-44/

      Hope it’s helpful!



      1. Lila says:

        Hello Liam & Helen,
        Thanks for the links.I’ll read them ASAP.We are getting ready for the opening of our International Film Festival.The film that sets it off is “Victoria” by the German Sebastian Schipper.
        The refugee , financial and moral crisis are amongst some of the overall themes explored in this edition of the film festival.


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