I wish I could share that….that continues to be my wish

Posted by Pelgrim on February 4th, 2008

From the movie Contact
written by Michael Goldenberg, from a story by Ann Druyan & novel by Carl Sagan

Kitz (James Woods): You admit that if you were in our position, you would respond with exactly the same degree of incredulity and skepticism?
Ellie (Jodie Foster): Yes.
Kitz (shouting): Then why don’t you simply withdraw your testimony and concede that this journey to the center of the galaxy, in fact, never took place?
Ellie: Because I can’t. I had an experience I can’t prove, I can’t even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real. I was part of something wonderful, something that changed me forever; a vision of the Universe that tells us undeniably how tiny, and insignificant, and how rare and precious we all are.

A vision that tells us we belong to something that is greater than ourselves. That we are not, that none of us are alone.

I wish I could share that. I wish that everyone, if even for one moment, could feel that awe, and humility, and the hope, but… that continues to be my wish.

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2 Responses to “I wish I could share that….that continues to be my wish”

  1. patrick Says:

    ever notice how Jodi Foster takes a lot of character roles that involve her going against the advise of everyone around her until the end of the movie, when everyone figures out she’s right? just an observation.

  2. Pelgrim Says:


    Reacting to your blog’s post on Contact: Carl Sagan was not a fanatic atheist trying to prove that God does not exist. I have read Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan in the past and learned that Sagan did not believe that we should let our intellect be confounded by our limited ability to understand, especially not that of the religious flesh.

    Having said that, Ellie in Contact experiences an anomaly represented by a worm hole. The known physical laws governing space and time seized to exist and could only be accepted by having faith in the message of in this case “Ellie”. To belief the pale blue eyes of Ellie, played by Jodie Foster as she stands up against majority rule.

    In a sense you could see that as a mystical experience. We have faith in the message of Jesus. Still it was an “experience” to be submerged in his essence, life itself that made me fully accept the words of Jesus.

    I hope others will someday “experience” that also.

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