I didn’t want to use another song from an artist I’ve featured here before, but aside from the fact that they’re touring the Philippines, The Script’s music is just totally stuck in my head at this point.
The Script’s music really evokes very strong emotions from me, and “The Man Who Cannot Be Moved” absolutely captures the essence of what it feels to be loving someone so completely, so relentlessly, that no matter how much it flies in the face of logic and good judgment, you just keep on loving that person. Nobody ever said love is the most brilliant thing in the world, I guess.
It’s really nice that the song isn’t just generic verses about love, but, in my personal canon, an actual response to Haruki Murakami’s short story, On Seeing The 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning. Why would you let the 100% Perfect Girl pass you by and never find her again? If she has passed you by, don’t give her a chance to forget you. Be the man who cannot be moved.
After all, if she’s the 100% Perfect Girl, one day, she’d wake up and realize she’s missing you. It’s a vain hope, but in the end, I’ve realized that while people insist on telling someone that their standard are too high when looking for love, there’s no reason one should lower their standards in the first place, either, and whether you’re right or wrong, when you feel that this 100% Perfect Person has walked into your life, hold onto them ever-so-tightly. Never let them go. Be the man who cannot be moved.
And if you’re wrong, regret nothing. For that time, she was exactly who you wanted, and there’s no changing that.