The story behind The Hill of Beans

Rick and IlsaIn the closing scene of the movie Casablanca, a classic tale of love and war, Humphrey Bogart’s character, Rick, must confront his love, Ilsa, played by the angelic Ingrid Bergman.  Rick must confront his true love, break off their re-ignited relationship, and send her away to safety.  As he explains his reasons, Rick makes a profound statement:

“It doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world”.

Rick’s reasoning is valid.  The events of World War II were enfolding and North Africa was no longer immune to the dramatic changes in Europe.  Although he loved Ilsa, Rick realized that the challenges of pursuing a relationship with her were nearly impossible, especially in light of the more important world events surrounding them.

This truth remains valid today.  The seemingly important and immense problems of our individual lives rarely amount to much in the big scheme of things.  On a microscopic scale, the events of our lives are important, sometimes traumatic, and usually contain significance.  However, on a macroscopic scale, our individual problems don’t always amount to much.

The Hill of Beans is dedicated to pointing out these issues – shedding light on what does matter and what does not in this crazy world so that we each can live mindful, deliberate, and fulfilling lives.