if you want to understand the psyche of our generation take a good look at the stories we tell ourselves about the future
because it isn’t flying cars or robot dogs, it’s faceless government surveillance and worldwide pandemics and militarized police brutality and the last dregs of humanity struggling to survive
our generation isn’t self-centered, or lazy, or whatever else they wanna say about us. we are young, and we are here, and we are deeply, deeply afraid.
"I don’t need a deity to be a good person."
Then WHY be a good person? By the fuck bother?
Why should I not do whatever the hell I want if there is no God?
Usually when I get into this discussion, it turns into, “Well, IF there was a God, he/she would want me to be a good person whether I’d believe in Him/Her or not” And I’m like sorry, that’s an agnostic motivation - meaning, you are motivated by the thought there is a higher power so technically you DO need a God to be a good person.
Another common conclusions (after lengthy debates) is “Well people suck.”
Ok, then why give a shit about people if people suck? Why help them? I have a Christian answer, but no proper God-free answer.
Just imagine Neville taking Luna to St. Mungo’s to meet his parents. At first he is a little nervous - not as much as his grandmother though, she rather keep those visits between her and her grandson - but as it turns out, there is no need to worry.
Even the doctors and nurses are touched and impressed by the gentle and unabashedly open way this peculiar, young girl has with them. Especially Neville’s mother quickly developes a particularly strong bond with Luna. It’s probably the closest she has come to making a real friend in seventeen years.
They play easy boardgames - it turns out Luna never threw away any of her childhood toys - and miraculously Alice never loses. They learn how to fold little birds and butterflies out of candy wrappers and Luna makes them fly around the room, while Alice watches with a beaming smile on her face. Luna tells Alice all about her own mother - how she died and how much she still misses her every day. She tells her about her life with Neville ("He’s going to be a great professor some day. He still doesn’t believe Nargles live in mistletoes, but dont worry, I’m working on it."). One day, as they are saying their goodbyes, Alice surprises them all by suddenly engulfing Luna in a tight hug. Neville doesn’t lose any time and proposes on their way home.
And this is why to me Neville / Luna is the best alteration of book!canon in the history of movie adaptions.