This is Robert. He’s an interesting yet strange young man.
We watch as he sits alone,
contemplating to himself. He’s obviously troubled by something,
审视着他自己 很显然 他正为某件事烦恼
yet I’m unsure if we’ll ever find out what that is,
but what are we really seeing here?
He has an interesting haircut, sure;
wears the golden wash it doesn’t tick, poser;
and he wears old black boots
with way too many cracks in him.
For work he plays piano by day.
For fun he drinks with his buddies at night.
and sometimes to take things up a notch.
He’ll go on a date once a week or twice a week,
or three times a week.
One day Robert was walking out of the local grocery store,
which he tended to do every so often.
Man’s got ta eat.
Only on this particular day something stopped him in his tracks.
It was an envelope of cash lying on the ground.
Unsure of how to react Robert looked around
for a moment then looked back.
It was a fresh stack of bills
and had a red stain on it.
Now I’d love to tell you
that Robert left the cash where it was or even turned it in to the police.
But he didn’t he simply dropped his
groceries picked up the envelope and walked away.
In fact he was so infatuated with his new discovery
that he left his groceries behind,
which unfortunately for him were stolen soon after.
He didn’t feel good about what he’d just done,
but he didn’t feel bad about it either. To Robert,
fate had specifically placed the money there for a reason.
And it was better off his than anyone else’s,
so he continued his day.
He went to work looking over both
of his shoulders as he did so.
Then he went out.
Unapologetically spending his new cash on expensive bottles,
expensive treatment and expensive friends.
He cheers everyone around him taking one shot.
Then another shot, then another shot after that.
Finally he checked his phone and received an enticing invitation from a lady friend.
He pounded one more shot, and he left.
He drank more than he had in quite some time,
and stupidly Robert proceeded to get into his car.
He looked for the right key fumbled a bit than he got in.
He figured he could manage quick drive.
I mean come on,
he was Robert.
This was his lucky day!
Robert became easily distracted, it ended up losing complete control
of the vehicle and our boy Robert hit someone
Let’s talk about Haley. She’s young, peculiar,
让我们来说说Haley 她很年轻 很独特
wears dark clothing and spends her time at obscure parts
of town like this subway for instance.
She’s unpredictable and definitely lives by her own rules.
She wears low-key punk rock boots,
has straight hair and always wears long coats.
I mean always. But most interestingly,
she has eyes that sometimes change color.
And although she has a kind face and a unique style,
don’t be fooled! Haley claims to suffer from kleptomania.
For those who don’t know, kleptomania is an
impulse control disorder that results in an irresistible urge to steal.
And that’s exactly what Haley does.
Haley doesn’t have many friends.
Nor does she really want any.
At least that’s what she tells herself.
One day, Haley managed to steal
a watch, a hairbrush, earrings, and a strawberry smoothie
一块表 一个发刷 耳环和一杯草莓奶昔
Soon after as she sipped on her stolen smoothie Haley was feeling good
about her successful robberies. There was just another regular day.
That is until she noticed something very odd.
It was a man running
with a bag of fresh cash and no one was chasing him.
Her thievery had company after all.
Impulsively she called the police.
That’s right, a girl who had just
broken various laws herself just called the cops on this man.
Was she a changed person? Was she just protecting herself?
Well, a few moments later,
she came across two bags of groceries sitting on the ground,
as it turns out Haley hadn’t changed at all.
She completed her day
by texting a fellow who she knew would respond right away.
Two words were capable of captivating the young man’s attention completely.
Come over. That was her message.
This is it. This is her life.
Let’s move on to Anthony.
Anthony is a criminal,
Being a criminal is what he knows,
is what he thinks about and is what he does.
Anytime he’s tried to live life according to good morals,
he’s failed miserably.
To Anthony there’s only one thing you can do when something is wrong,
and that’s to do something that’s even more wrong.
Anthony would spend many
of his nights finding ways to defy the law.
Although he was never very lucky.
He would get caught almost as oftenas he would commit crimes,
and this time it cost him a year in prison.
After the long 12 months he
was finally released and returned home to his wife.
Although he was glad to be back,
in his element, the world that he knew had changed a bit.
Particularly his wife had changed, but he chose to ignore it.
One day as he was preparing himself a
slice of pizza, Anthony noticed something peeking out
from under the microwave, it was a letter.
He opened it only to find overdue balances.
His wife who he loved was in debt.
He didn’t want to commit another crime.
But he needed to get his wife out of the hole,
so Anthony did what Anthony knows how to do best.
He robbed a bank.
All seem to be going well,
until suddenly an officer stopped him in his tracks.
Causing a stack of cash to drop on the ground.
And that was it for Anthony.
What about Brenda?
This young woman thrives on her independence,
yet she has sad eyes and an addictive personality
that feels trapped in a world that only she understands.
She serves coffee by day,
works as a hostess by night. And spends the
rest of her day watching time go by as
she waits for her husband to be released from prison.
Eventually Brenda did find herself a distraction.
It was online gambling, she quickly became obsessed.
One day as she was washing a few dishes,
Brenda received the call that her husband was coming home.
Initially Brenda was thrilled to see her husband again,
Eventually however she grew uneasy,
things were different.
A few days later a large bill came in the mail.
Has to be expected, Brenda’s gambling addiction has quickly eaten
into her savings. It had finally happened,
Brenda was in debt.
She decided to hide the letter so her husband wouldn’t see it,
Brenda then grabbed her coat her keys and left.
She walked around the city streets all day,
with no motive or destination.
Things were supposed to be perfect again,
but instead she was in debt.
She didn’t know what she was gonna do.
Lost in her thoughts Brenda got into her car that night,
and before she could even buckle up,
Brenda got hit.
So what does all this mean?
Let’s recap. Had Brenda not been addicted to gambling,
she wouldn’t have been in debt. Had she not been
in debt, Anthony wouldn’t have been motivated to rob a bank.
Had Anthony not robbed a bank, Hayley wouldn’t
have called the police. Had Hayley not called the
police, Anthony wouldn’t have dropped the cash.
Anthony not dropped the cash,
Robert never would have found it. Had Robert never found it,
he would have never had a reason to celebrate and get drunk.
Had he never driven drunk, the accident would have never happened!
I think what I’m trying to say is,
we are all inevitably connected in some way.
Every single one of us,
all over the world, what one person does affects another,
One of us falls,
and the other follows.
And this keeps going and going and going…
这会一直继续 继续 继续……
until we’ve all fallen…
This is Robert. He’s an interesting yet strange young man.