Daily Dialogue — March 16, 2018
“My father was an exceptional man! He may not have been a perfect man, but he was a good man, and he loved us. All I wanted to do today was to give him a dignified send-off. Is that really so much to ask? So, maybe, maybe he had some things he liked to do. Life isn’t simple, it’s complicated. We’re all just thrown in here together, in a world full of chaos and confusion, a world full of questions and no answers, death always lingering around the corner, and we do our best. We can only do our best, and my dad did his best. He always tried to tell me that you have to go for what you want in life because you never know how long you’re going to be here. And whether you succeed or you fail, the most important thing is to have tried. And apparently no one will guide you in the right direction, in the end you have to learn for yourself. You have to grow up yourself. So when you all leave here today, I would like you to remember my father for who he really was: a decent, loving man. If only we could be as giving and generous and as understanding as my father was. Then the world would be a far better place.”
— Death at a Funeral (2007), written by Dean Craig
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Eulogy.
Trivia: According to Alan Tudyk the inspiration for his ‘stoned’ performance came from a memory from his teenage years when he once saw an intoxicated teen perched naked on top of a picnic table. He mimicked the same weird pose during his nude scene on the roof.
Dialogue On Dialogue: A eulogy is a good opportunity to reveal something about the speaker’s inner world as here with Dan’s reflections about his recently deceased father.