About You & Me

Walter Sobchak: Larry, this is not ‘Nam! This is life. There are rules. [shouting] Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules?

Larry Gopnik: The laws of God, the laws of man, he may keep that will and can; not I: let God and man decree laws for themselves and not for me; and if my ways are not as theirs, let them mind their own affairs. Their deeds I judge and much condemn, yet when did I make laws for them? Please yourselves, say I, and they need only look the other way. But no, they will not; they must still wrest their neighbour to their will, and make me dance as they desire, with jail and gallows and hell-fire. How am I to face the odds of man’s bedevilment and God’s? I, a stranger and afraid, in a world I never made…

Rabbi Nachtner: That’s Housman, right? [short pause] You know Larry, my wife’s a pain in the ass. She’s always busting my friggin’ agates, lamenting about her missing toe. My daughter’s married to a real loser bastard. And I got a rash so bad on my ass, I can’t even sit down. But you know me. I can’t complain.

Larry Gopnik: Fuckin’ A, man. I got a rash too, man.

Walter Sobchak: Nachtner, what’s your point?!

Larry Gopnik: Yeah Nachtner, what’s your point?!

Rabbi Nachtner: Here is my point, Larry. These questions that are bothering you, maybe they’re like a rash. We feel them for a while, then they go away.

Larry Gopnik: But I don’t want it to just go away! I want an answer!

Rabbi Nachtner: The answer! Sure! We all want the answer! But Hashem doesn’t owe us the answer, Larry. Hashem doesn’t owe us anything. The obligation runs the other way.

Larry Gopnik: Why does he make us feel the questions if he’s not gonna give us any answers?

Rabbi Nachtner: He hasn’t told me.

Walter Sobchak: Fucking dipshit with a nine toed woman… Fuck it, Larry. Let’s go bowling…


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