What stopped you?
I love this moment. I love this moment, because for all the scorn that Carson has for the world, for all the times that he’s been pushed away by his peers, right down to the girl he speaks to in this scene, there is a part of him that can’t help but acknowledge the potential in the people around him. He recognizes their dreams, however hidden and buried they become over time; he remembers them, because to him, his dream is the most integral part of his being and his driving force in life, and he just can’t fathom that light being put out in everyone else. It happens, he knows.
But it doesn’t have to, and he’ll never be the one that extinguishes that desire in other people.
You can see it in his eyes — he didn’t laugh at her dream, he’s still not laughing at her dream, because he doesn’t think that she should stop believing in herself.