Is this all?

There's a quote I've been trying to find for a week now. I can't remember where I read it, or who said it, but I'd like to get it right and give them credit.

There was so much hype for the new Batman movie and I was all caught up in it, but walking out of the theatre, my thoughts turned to this quote. (If you are familiar with it and can direct me towards the original, I'd appreciate it.)

"There comes a point when one must say of all the things of man, of Shakespeare, even of Mozart, is this all?"

Is this all? Hundreds of millions of dollars, IMAX film, great writing and visuals, some of the best actors alive, and even the haunting power of a final performance, and you know what? It was just a movie. We gave our money, ate our popcorn, and headed back out to the parking lot to drive home and see who was on Conan.

Not that it wasn't a good movie. It was. But it revealed to me, (again and again, will I never learn?) that I put my hope in the wrong things.

Was I really putting my hope in some movie, you might say? Hoping it would do do what? I don't know, honestly, but I do know I was disappointed that I wasn't different after watching it, that it hadn't changed me. Which means, at some absurd and obviously flawed level, I was putting my hope in a movie.

And this is something we all do. Whether it's Batman or the new Coldplay or U2. We can put our hope there. Or we can put it in our pastor's sermons or our small group's honesty. We can put our hope there. We can put it in the girl that got away or in making love with the one we married. We can put our hope there.

We have some bit of hope that it will change us, make us better. Or we're trapped in some cycle of secrets and habits we can't escape. Maybe this thing will curb our appetite for the sins that we feel define our secret selves, or at least it will let us not think about it for a while. Or at least it will make us feel. We've been so numbed for so long, for some unknown and hated reason, that we can't feel anymore, and maybe this thing will connect us, revive us.

And at some point we'll have to look at this thing, this movie or relationship or feeling, however truly good it may be, and say: "is this all?"