About this quote … the idea that’s anchored my blogging from the start.
It’s spoken by Billy Kwan in the film, The Year of Living Dangerously, in a discussion about suffering:
” … I support the view that you just don’t think about the major issues.
You do whatever you can about the misery that’s in front of you.
Add your light to the sum of light.”
Creativity requires sensitivity to the universal experience.
To tap into the ephemeral pools of imagination, you have to crush whatever stands in the way as a filter.
In doing so, the mind opens into the whole of human and nonhuman experience — both the intense joy and also the unfathomable pain. For me, it’s important to remember that one act doesn’t have to be every act in order to matter. That even a tiny spark of mercy can light a dark corner — and that the sum of those flames in all our corners is much bigger and brighter light than any one of us could carry alone.