One great thing about inspiration is that in a way, it is contagious.
Jason Silva, creator of the series Shots of Awe, film maker and Emmy nominated TV personality will inspire you trough these life altering quotes and in turn you will get to inspire others as well:
Jason also gave us a great interview.
” [A kiss]…. fills you with a kind of cosmic reassurance, all thoughts of death and all the anxiety dissipate”
“the beauty of the promise of immortality and also it’s the joint mourning of lovers that know that they might die. And so, love is the answer to the problem of human existence. But it doesn’t solve the problem of human existence.”
“To be a seeker is to be a restless mind. Is to have the fire in the belly. To be defined, consumed, agitated by curiousity. Is to want to know the world, to want to map the world, to want to design, refine and augument the world”.
“Making art is a kind of exorcism. You have to die and be reborn and then when you are resurrected you are like: Wow! Look what I brought back”
5. When he made us see cinema from a new perspective
“[Cinema is] the only way in which we can see the interior states of another. Literally. Subjective experience can only be presented through cinema”
“The whole man made world is an article of the mind. By many accounts, we live inside our own minds already. When you’re flying on an airplane you fly inside your own mind because that has been made by the mind.
7. When he reminded us that living in the present moment and experiencing something fully help us relieve fear
“The weight of the now in all of its gravity and splendour […] can serve to purge you of your angst. This is a transformative experience”.
“This is existential medication. We address the existential panic […] and we push it out of our minds. […] Thoughts of immortality dissipate and we get to inhabit some kind of eternal now. Immortality now.”
“Each one of us is already a miracle. If you can breathe, if you can think, if you can love, if you can yearn, you’ve won the lottery. Just think of all of the sperm that you had to triumph over…”
“Yet here we are. Visionary beings, aware that we are aware, with this capacity to engineer the impossible, to imagine, to conceive, to create, to design, to upgrade.[…] And yet, we complain.”
“Transcending jadedness becomes a moral duty, a moral requirement if you want to get any kind of pleasure from being alive. If we are to get any kind of awe and wonder from every day.”
“There is only one solution […] and it has been identified as a creative flow state. Die into the moment. Surrender. Submit. It’s what the jazz musicians talk about when they are in the zone and let go of everything”
“You are transcendent. But you are also like made of flesh. So holding you is like what is this actually piece of divine miracle that somehow this universe allowed to organise… it’s insane. Looking into your eyes actually feels like looking at a galaxy.”
“It’s important to question even the things we take for granted. It is important to make spaces for the artists. We need to create safe heavens and spaces for those who think different because at the end of the day that is the only way we evolve.”
“[when you travel]… It hurls you into the present. It puts you into a state of flow, into a state of openness. You don’t carry around that screen of preconceptions, the been there and done that’s of the adult mind”.
“Travelling in essence functions very much like the museum. The museum takes ordinary objects or ideas and removes them from context and hangs them on the wall. All art does that. And by removing the ordinary, the everyday object from its context, you are able to see it as for the first time…”
“In other words I am not who I think I am, I am not who you think I am. I am who I think you think I am. In other words, we make renderings of what other people think of us and actually play the role of becoming who we think they think we are.”
“[…] accept the fact that identity is a fluid act of improvisation and that the self is not a solid thing and it has never been.”.
“If we are able to harness, to leverage, to italicize, to focus our attention, everything becomes miraculous.”.
“Human beings co-opting a biological function and making it into an aesthetic act. We are creatures of mind.”
Bonus: When he told us that “We are the gods now.”