This weekend I was watching an old move, “Key Largo”. Good movie, great actors, and some timeless dialogue.
Johnny Rocco: There’s only one Johnny Rocco.
James Temple: How do you account for it?
Frank McCloud: He knows what he wants. Don’t you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Sure.
James Temple: What’s that?
Frank McCloud: Tell him, Rocco.
Johnny Rocco: Well, I want uh …
Frank McCloud: He wants more, don’t you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Yeah. That’s it. More. That’s right! I want more!
James Temple: Will you ever get enough?
Frank McCloud: Will you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Well, I never have. No, I guess I won’t. You, do you know what you want?
Frank McCloud: Yes, I had hopes once, but I gave them up.
Johnny Rocco: Hopes for what?
Frank McCloud: A world in which there’s no place for Johnny Rocco.
YouTube clip: Rocco wants more
What an emotionally powerful word. Wanting more. Needing more. It can cause wars. Create institutions. Bring couples together … and drive them apart. Get students to pull all-nighters and employees to work at night and weekends. Make children dream. Cause depression. Create hoarders. Create debtors. Create moguls and magnates.
As in the case of Rocco, it can even become a goal in itself.
But MORE can never be achieved. Because there is always MORE. And then a little MORE. Oh, and then there is some MORE over there too. There is no contentment or peace with MORE.
The Independent Penguin has contentment and peace. That patch of ice provides a solid comfort in the ocean. The Independent Penguin focuses on an emotionally powerful word too. ENOUGH.
Do you have enough? Can you ever have enough? How much is enough for you? Tough questions, and each person has to answer for themselves. I am working on my answers & challenge you to answer too. The Independent Penguin knows his answers.