20 augustus, 2008

Denken langs de Schinkel - 1

The chairman of the parole board says, "The files say you have been locked up here for the past 40 years. Do you feel rehabilitated?"

Red looks at him and says, "Rehabilitated… well, let's see… rehabilitated, I don't have any idea what that means."

The board member says, "That means, are you ready to re-enter society?"

Red says, "I know what you think it means, sonny. To me it is just a made-up word, a politician's word so young fellows like yourself can have a suit and tie to have a job. What do you really want to know? Am I sorry for what I did?"

The parole board member responds, "Well, are you?"

Red says, "There is not a day that goes by I don't feel regret. I look back on the way I was then, a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him, and try and make him see the way things are, but I can't. That kid is long gone. This old man is all that is left. I've got to live with that.

- Uit: The Shawshank redemption.

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