I’m made nervous when a news show guest says “you’re welcome” after she or he has been thanked for coming on the program. There doesn’t seem to be any modesty in it, which makes me feel even more wobbly in a country already teeming with gasbags. Which is why I was so happy to hear actor Christoph Waltz tell Charlie Rose the other night that he was grateful for the chance to come on his show and to talk about his new movie Django Unchained.
“Thank you very, very much,” he said at the end of the program, and in that repetition was a certain humility which touched my own hope and which helped me see that for years now I have been losing faith in the possible.
It is not hard to give up on life or to forego a place in it. What’s hard is living each day with the recognition that we are all of us weak and wanting.