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After 20 years, you analyze a lot. You remember people, heroism. "The Miracle of the Andes", that's what they called it. Many people come up to me and say that had they been there, they surely would have died. But it makes no sense, because until you're in a... situation like that... you... you have no idea... how you'd behave. To be affronted by solitude without decadence or a... single material thing to prostitute it elevates you to a sprititual plane, where I felt the presence of God. Now, there's the God they taught about me about at school. And there is the God that's hidden by what surrounds us in this civilization. That's the God I met on the mountain.
Between these mountains somewhere there's a green valley. See those mountains over there? There's no snow on them.
Those mountains must be 50 miles away. You think you can walk 50 miles?
If we have to, we will.
Yes you can.
I can't. I'm not as strong as you.
Do you know what it is that we've lived this long the way we have? 70 days? It's impossible. I's impossible and we did it. I'm proud to be a man on a day like this. Alive. That I lived to see it, and see it in such a place. Take it in. I love you, man. It's beautiful. It's God. And it'll carry us over every stone, I swear.
[Canessa and Zerbino find the co-pilot, badly injured.]
[shivering] My bag, my... bag.
He wants his bag.
There isn't much on the floor. I don't... I don't see his bag.
We're looking. What's in the bag?
[rolls his eyes] My... My gun. Gun!
No, my friend. We can't be a part of that.
What good is God to us? Why would He let my mother and my sister die so senselessly? If He loves us so much, why does He leave us here to suffer?
You are angry at the God you were taught to believe in as a child, the God who is supposed to watch over you and protect you, who answers your prayers and forgives your sins. This God is just a story. Religions try to capture God, but God is beyond religion. The true God lies beyond our comprehension. We cannot understand His will; He can't be explained in a book. He didn't abandon us, and He will not save us. He has nothing to do with our being here. God does not change, he simply is.
I saw no color at all in the mountains, just muted patches of black and gray. There was no softness, no life, only rock and snow and ice, and as I looked down into all that rugged wildness, I had to laugh at the arrogance of anyone who had ever thought that human beings have conquered the Earth.
You can't build a life on a foundation of dreams and wishes. A good life isn't plucked from the sky. You build a life up from the ground, with hard work and clear thinking. Things make sense. There are rules and realities that will not change to suit your needs. It's your job to understand these rules. If you do, and you work hard and work smart, you will be all right.
Antonio "Tintin" Vizintin:
I don't pray to God for forgiveness or favors, I only pray to be closer to Him, and when I pray, I fill my heart with love. When I pray this way, I know that God is love. When I feel that love, I remember that we don't need angles or a heaven, because we are a part of God already.
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