A Teaching Scene from Signs written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Pennsylvania farmer and ex-minister Graham Hess and his brother Merrill have been watching media reports about the crop circles phenomenon around the world and the appearance of lights assumed to be alien spacecraft over Mexico City. Fearing the worst, Merrill asks his brother for some comfort. Here is Graham’s response:

"People break down into two groups when they experience something lucky. Group number 1 sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence that there is someone out there watching out for them.

"Group number 2 sees it as just pure luck and a turn of chance.

"I’m sure people in group number 2 are looking at those 14 lights in a very suspicious way. For them this situation isn’t 50/50 — could be bad, could be good — but deep down they feel that whatever happens, they are on their own. And that fills them with fear . . .

"Well, there’s a whole lot of people in group number 1 and when they see those 14 lights they are looking at a miracle and deep down they feel that whatever’s going to happen there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope.

"So what you have to ask yourself is: What kind of person are you? Are you the kind who sees signs, sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way, is it possible that there are no coincidences?”

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