My favorite quote actually comes from the movie Martian Child with John Cusack. In the movie, he is playing a widowed science fiction writer who is in the processing of trying to adopt a troubled child.
The little boy thinks that he is from Mars, which apparently is easier to handle than reality. Reality is that he was abandoned by his parents and up til this point, no one has wanted him.
After yet another scenario caused by the whole Mars thing, the struggling foster father turns to the boy and says:
“…right now, you and me here, put together entirely of atoms, sitting on this round rock with a core of liquid iron, held down by this force that seems to trouble you, called gravity, all the while spinning around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour and whizzing through the milkyway at 600,000 miles an hour in a universe that very well may be chasing its own tail at the speed of light; And amidst all this frantic activity, fully cognizant of our own imminent demise – which is our own pretty way of saying we all know we’re gonna die – We reach out to one another. Sometimes for the sake of entity, sometimes for reasons you’re not old enough to understand yet, but a lot of the time we just reach out and expect nothing in return. Isn’t that strange? Isn’t that weird? Isn’t that weird… enough?”
Something about that question just perfectly sums things up for me.