Friday Night DVD: Adaptation
I thought of renting the extended version of LOTR2: The Two Towers, but was not up for a long watch. So - Adaptation - with Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.
This exchange in the movie is the takeaway. Susan Orleans (Streep), the New Yorker writer is doing a story on John Laroche (Cooper), the orchid theif:
John: Do you know why I like plants. Coz they are so mutable. Adaptation is a profound process. Means you figure out how to thrive in the world.
Susan: But it's easier for plants. I mean they have no memory. You know, they just move on to whatever is next. For a person, adaptation is almost shameful. It is like running away.
I bet John would beat Susan in a game of poker, even if he was dealt a bad hand.