Whilst Jack Nicholson will inevitable be revealed to have a litany of #metoo bodies in the graveyard of his past, we can still find wisdom in words written by someone else but delivered by The Joker. To wit. We have a world ruled by envy and it isn’t good. It isn’t good for you and I. It might be good for someone who wants more power but it eats at your soul.
Envy turns you into someone obsessed with what others have, someone consumed by the lives of others: their wants, their desires, their haves. It makes you an unwitting slave to their possessions. You ignore what you have. You let it fall into disrepair. It wilts. It rusts. The hinges on your door whine, reminding you that theirs do not. And this means you’re even more envious, because now what you have is no more, whilst they’re still riding high.
You plot for them to fail. You pray for it. But it does not happen. And that moment forces you to confront the reality that you might be the hero of your own story but that doesn’t mean you’re the good guy.
“Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes, with boats, and friends, and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that’s their story; good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you’re that pissed that so many others had it good.”As Good as It Gets by Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks