Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) Poster

Togo Igawa: Old Monk


  • Hector : You've been a fugitive. You've been in prison for your beliefs, you've lost family and loved ones. I mean, you've just been through so much. How is it you're so happy?

    Old Monk : Because I've been through so much.

    Hector : I mean, searching for happiness is one thing, but making it the goal, it just doesn't work, does it?

    Old Monk : Higher than that, Hector. More important than what we are searching for is what we are avoiding.

    Hector : Like unhappiness. So, don't make unhappiness *not* the goal?

    Old Monk : Higher than that.

    Hector : Avoiding unhappiness is *not* the road to happiness.

    Old Monk : You hold all the cards, Hector.

    [both laugh] 

  • Old Monk : Would you like to come in?

    Hector : Yes, please. 'Cause I might not be around next week.

    Old Monk : The moment of death is indeed uncertain. Come in.

  • Hector : I can't wait to tell my patients.

    Old Monk : Tell them what?

    Hector : We all, all of us have the capacity to be happy.

    Old Monk : Higher than that Hector.

    Hector : We all have a right to be happy?

    Hector : I see. We all have an obligation to be happy.

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