"The Martian Chronicles" The Martians (TV Episode 1980) Poster

(TV Mini-Series)



Col. John Wilder: What is your secret of life on Mars?

Wise Martian: Tir. This is the planet Tir.

Col. John Wilder: Tir, yes.

Wise Martian: Secret? There is no secret. Anyone with eyes can see the way to live.

Col. John Wilder: How?

Wise Martian: By watching life. Observing nature and cooperating with it. Making common cause with the process of existence.

Col. John Wilder: How?

Wise Martian: By living life for itself, don't you see. Deriving pleasure from the gift of pure being.

Col. John Wilder: The gift of pure being...

Wise Martian: Life is it's own answer. Accept it and enjoy it, day by day. Live as well as possible. Expect no more. Destroy nothing. Humble nothing. Look for fault in nothing. Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful. Hold that which lives - in all reverence. For life is given by the sovereign of our universe: given to be savored, to be luxuriated in, to be - - respected. But that is no secret. You're intelligent. You know as well as I what is needed to be done. Now, I must go. My people are waiting for me.

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