It makes me think of people who still live back in the days when they went to high school. They were ball players, cheerleaders, the popular kids with everything to look forward to. Now they only live in quiet desperation stuck in an office, muscle has went to fat and with 3 kids they are trying to get into college. Instead of thinking of ways to make their current lives better (coach, join the Y, go back to school and get a better job) they just tell stories about the good old days and only look forward to the 30th Reunion.
Morris COULD have chosen a different path. He could have opened up and shared with his wife instead of trying to use technology for his selfish ends. Instead, he locked the door, literally. He never learned anything. If we had the same machine, would it give us insight to make a better now, or would most of us end up like Morris?
Yes, Morris lived in the past and locked the door to the basement. Penny also lived in her past of youthful drinking that had grown into adult alcoholism and locked the door to her heart.
I wonder if financial success would really have solved anything for these two, or would it have just allowed Morris to buy more toys for his basement and Penny to upgrade to higher grades of booze.
Living with an alcoholic is never easy, and I'm sure many people here may have had direct experience. Often the alcoholic will place the blame for their drinking on those around them when, in fact, they are the only, and I mean only person that has the power to not pick up that bottle.
I told my first wife about this story. We were also high school lovers, then married for 16 years.
It made her cry, for most of the reasons that the story touched me so deeply. One comment she made that seems to strike deeply with me is that it's easy to say "for better or worse" when things are better, and it's sad when both parties don't have the strength, or the vision, or the wisdom to fight through the times when things are worse.
Neither of us blame the other for our parting of the ways. Both of us blame ourselves as a couple for failing to find the way through those hard times.
So, try and go easy on Morris and Penny. Certainly, they are both fallible and flawed human beings.
But then again, aren't we all?