Poisonous Veins

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“I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief, until the memory of your loved one is just poison in your veins. One day you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed, so you’d be spared your pain.”

Another quote from Ra’s Al Ghul to Bruce in Nolan’s Batman Begins. This quote conjures up vivid imagery. Ra’s Al Ghul’s words are beautiful and powerful, but I disagree with them. Maybe I would feel what he’s feeling if I had lost someone dear to me, but I doubt it. There are plenty of people who have loved and lost, but never do they wish that their loved one had not existed. As Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) says in Goodwill Hunting: “I don’t regret the 18 years I was married to Nancy. I don’t regret the six years I had to give up counseling when she got sick. And I don’t regret the last years when she got really sick.”

When you’re in love, joy flows through your veins. And if you’re separated from that love for whatever reason, there’s no reason for that joy to leave as well. The memory of your loved one should be a source of happiness. But it’s not just about that, it’s about growing as a person. When you have love in your life – and it doesn’t have to be romantic, it can be love from a parent or a sibling or a friend – but yeah when you have love in your life, you learn something about yourself from that loved one. So if that loved one isn’t there anymore, it’s important to try to hold on to that lesson they helped you learn.

That’s my take on this quote. Also it just goes to show that you don’t have to agree with a quote for it to be one of your favorites.

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