I am a human being

I remember watching ‘The Elephant Man’ when I was teenager. The whole file was beautifully filmed. And then this scene. Our protagonist, chased my a crowd of curious onlookers, and finally, cornered, cries out a plea of despair,

I am not an animal ! I am a human being !

It hit me like a brick wall. As adult now, I can understand why teenager me was so impressed. But back then, all I felt was a deep sense of empathy. Yes! I feel you. I too am a human being!

One of the most unforgettable movie scenes ever. I believe it encapsulates the deep longing of all humans to be seen. To be acknowledged.

Here is a link to the video.

January 21, 2020


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