being erica | 1x01;dr. tom. Tell me if I’m getting warm, okay? It’s not just that today was bad, it’s every day. It’s the feeling that nothing seems to work out for you. Still single; all those nights, alone with the cat. All your successful, married friends feeling bad for you. Am I getting warm?
Erica: Just any door? Help me out here, I need some context. I mean, what am I supposed to do and how do I choose?
Dr. Tom: One day, Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a cheshire cat. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. 'Where do you wanna go?’ was his response. 'I don’t know’ answered Alice. 'Then’ said the cat 'it doesn’t matter’.
You place Josh down here and you place yourself up here. And you say: That is not me. I could never be like that. That person is other. Undeserving, a monster. It’s an old story. It’s how wars begin, it’s how people turn on each other. And, you know, it starts so simply too. I am not you. I am nothing like you. And it is each time a lie. Because underneath all the layers of fear and protection we are on our core the same. We have the same needs. We carry on us the same capacity for good and evil.
With great power comes great responsibility. Why? Because power is an illusion. The desire to wield that is weakness. An exercise in ego. And the fact is that all you really hold when you hold power is all the rope you need to hang yourself.