The following passage is from the film Dead Poets Society, and is quoted on Apple’s new iPad Air commercial:
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer: That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
Beautiful. Except, I’m sorry – but “law” needs to be added to the latter category, that category of What We Stay Alive For. At least for me. Because I see beauty, and romance, and poetry, in the law. And that’s my verse.
Law Nerd 2014