In a 1975 movie called “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Jack Nicholson (McMurphy) plays a confident, vivacious guy who rebels against the rules of a mental hospital. (An allegorical setting for any powerful institution.)
In one very memorable scene, McMurphy attempts to lift an extremely heavy marble wash station, and for a moment, you get the impression that he just might do it. However, he doesn’t, and as he walks by the other patients, he shouts, “At least I tried!” McMurphy refuses to accept the status quo, and teaches the other patients that it’s better to try and fail, than to accept this oppressive life.
In the end, McMurphy’s behavior was too much for the authorities who perform a lobotomy. However, his inspiration was felt by inmate Chief Bromden, who picks up the wash station, smashing it through the window, finally escaping the bondage of the institution.
To me, the patients represented those of us in a life where others tell us “NO” so much, we don’t even try.
At least try……..