The Good Place (2016-2020) – Season 3 – Episode 4 – Jeremy Bearimy (2018)
Eleanor Shellstrop: I need everyone to focus up. So the four of us… the six of us, really, are doomed. Our fates are sealed. But I think we have one move left: We can try.
Jason: Try… what?
Eleanor Shellstrop: Try to do good. That stupid, little voice in my head told me to do something good today, and it was so annoying, but it also made a dork and his very untalented daughter super happy. Me trying just a little bit put some good out into the world. The six of us are not getting
into the Good Place. But there are still people in this world that we care about, so I say we try and help them be good people. Try and help them get in. I mean, why not try? It’s better than not trying, right?
This line reflects the show’s central theme of moral growth and the quest for enlightenment.
Throughout the series, Eleanor and her friends are on a journey to become better people and earn their place in the titular Good Place. Despite the fact that they are bound by fate to a predetermined outcome, Eleanor believes that they still have a chance to change their fate by making a conscious effort to improve themselves and do good in the world.
Eleanor’s statement can be seen as a call to action for all of us to take control of our lives and make the most of our opportunities, even when it seems like our fate is sealed. It suggests that we have the power to shape our own destiny and that we can make a positive impact in the world, even if the outcome is uncertain.
Overall, this scene highlights the central message of The Good Place: that every person has the capacity for growth and change, and that it’s never too late to try to become a better person and make a positive impact in the world.
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