Monday, August 29, 2016
On Monday, August 29th, famous actor and comedian Gene Wilder passes away at the age of 83 from Alzheimer's complications. You may know him best from his lead role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as Willy Wonka himself. In this particular movie, he played the role of a sort of teacher, who taught a select few important life lessons through a tour of his famous factory. He and the winners of the golden tickets walk through the factory, taking in the wonders of the magical place, and some falling into temptation. At one point in the tour, he tells the tourists that "if the good lord intended us to walk, he would've never invented roller skates." The point I am trying to make with this quote is that you don't necessarily have to be a peripatetic to accomplish great realizations or deep thinking. Willy Wonka certainly did not feel the need to walk all the time, and he was a very wise role model for the tourists. I believe that sometimes you just need to take a moment to be still. At least, that is what works for me, and I think Mr. Wonka would agree.