During the course of Mad Men episode 7.01: Time Zones, two different quotes captivate Don. I feel it’s worth reviewing and comparing them.
The first is the opening to the film Lost Horizon.
In these days of wars and rumors of wars – – haven’t you ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security, where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight?
Of course you have.
So has every man since Time began. Always the same dream. Sometimes he calls it Utopia – – Sometimes the Fountain of Youth – – Sometimes merely “that little chicken farm”.
The second is Richard Nixon’s inaugural address:
We find ourselves rich in goods, but ragged in spirit; reaching with magnificent precision for the moon, but failing into raucous discord on earth.
We are caught in war, wanting peace. We are torn by division, wanting unity. We see around us empty lives, wanting fulfillment. We see tasks that need doing, waiting for hands to do them.
Each quote mentions war and the desire for peace. Lost Horizon talks about a place (because in the film, the characters find such a place), while Nixon talks about spirit (in the next sentence, not shown on-screen). Both quotes seems to be speaking directly to Don. He is wealthy in material goods, and is “torn by division”–from his wife, from his children, from his work, while wanting unity. He dreams of peace and delight, but finds his hands empty.