Tonight, as I stall in some productive work after dinner, I come across An Inspector Calls (BBC, 2015). Looking at the thumbnail, it didn’t look quite as appealing as say the Sherlock nor Agatha Christie books turned film/TV shows, but alas, it’s different and got me thinking about my life. Or shall I say ‘inspecting’. Can you even ‘inspect’ one’s own life?
What’s clever about this story is that it catches you off guard. The way the characters are exposed and admit to themselves their faults shows that we are all predisposed to this behaviour and that everybody is equal. I felt saddened that some ‘older souls’ didn’t change. It reminds me of last Sunday’s Mass’ Gospel reading (Matthew 13:1-23) of how different people respond to truth. However there is hope in goodness.
My favourite lines were the final speech of Inspector Goole as he leaves the house.
“There are millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us with their lives and hopes and fears of sufferings and chances of happiness all intertwined with our lives. and what we think and do and say… We are responsible for each other.”
This valuable lesson gives me hope that we can do more for others and there are second chances. To me, we must learn it, or life will be all for nothing. What is even our purpose, if not to love each other and care for beautiful planet earth and creatures?
May the Lord bless you.