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Parents may want to discuss some of Socrates’ statements in this movie:
When the older man suggests Dan is being too influenced by other people and their expectations of him, he counsels, “Stop gathering information from outside yourself and begin gathering it from the inside. People are afraid of what’s inside—that’s the only place they’ll find what they need.” Do you believe this is true? What are the dangers of looking “outside” for answers? What might be the benefits? Are there any risks associated with relying solely on your internal wisdom? How does this advice fit with your religious beliefs?
The young man is told the journey of life is just as important as the destination. How do you feels about this piece of wisdom? How can we balance our goals with the ability to be content with who and where we are?
In one scene, Socrates takes Dan to the bar and pours both of them a drink. Socrates then lights a cigar and explains to Dan that things like smoking and alcohol are only bad when they are addictions, and we have the power to not let them become controlling elements in our lives. Do you agree? How possible do you believe it is for anyone to have complete control over such addictions?