The Butterfly

with Michel Serrault

Viewed April 5, 2008

We started out by talking about truth, honesty and lies (Question 6). We decided that deciphering when to tell the unvarnished truth is complicated, because sometimes we may want to protect the other person, and sometimes we're only trying to protect ourselves, and sometimes it may not be any of the other person's business. But, mostly in jest, we decided that lies are always bad, unless it's me that's telling them.

Then we spent a long time revisiting the lonely times in our lives (Question 1), and trying to tease out exactly what loneliness has felt like to each of us. We noted that it's often an emotion that's mixed with other feelings, and that it usually includes a sense of longing for a connection that we don't have and feel like we can't obtain, at least not right now. And we noted that many of us have felt lonely in crowds, not only when we were alone in our home or bed.
(This video was reviewed by Bob McGarey)

Feel free to come and share your own personal insights sometime; the Saturday Night Video and Discussions here in Austin, Texas are a lot of fun and fascinating. (They're free, too.) Here are the questions the group came up with, based on the personal growth themes in the movie:


  1. What have been the lonely times in my life, and what have I done about them?
  2. What has chutzpah forced me to do that I wouldn't have had the courage to do otherwise?
  3. How do children fit into my life?
  4. What does love mean to me?
  5. What stops me from telling people how I feel about them?
  6. In what situations do I lie?
  7. What makes me travel around the world looking for what's right under my nose?
  8. What do I get out of my connection with Nature?