Dr. Seauss and the metaphysics of Horton Hears a Who

Horton Hears a Who is a movie based on a Dr. Seauss book about an elephant, Horton, who is trying to protect a microscopic community that nobody else believes exists.  Although this movie is geared towards children, adults may find pleasure in some of its metaphysical questions.  For example, one of the protagonists in the movie asks Horton, “If you can’t see it, feel it, or hear it, then how can it (the microscopic community) exist?”  Horton has to convince his friends that he isn’t crazy for listening to the voices that come from a microscopic speck that he is trying to protect.  Similar to Field of Dreams, this movie asks us to trust the voice inside of us that offers guidance even when other people question its direction and our sanity.