TED talk - Shekhar Kapur: 07 Transcript extract
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
... all of us are constantly looking for harmony. When you get up, the night and day is a contradiction. But you get up at 4 a.m. That first blush of blue is where the night and day are trying to find harmony with each other.
Harmony is the notes that Mozart didn't give you, but somehow the contradiction of his notes suggest that. All contradictions of his notes suggest the harmony.
It's the effect of looking for harmony in the contradiction that exists in a poet's mind, a contradiction that exists in a storyteller's mind.
In a storyteller's mind, it's a contradiction of moralities.
In a poet's mind, it's a conflict of words, in the universe's mind, between day and night.
In the mind of a man and a woman, we're looking constantly at the contradiction between male and female, we're looking for harmony within each other.
20:07 The whole idea of contradiction, but the acceptance of contradiction is the telling of a story, not the resolution.
The problem with a lot of the storytelling in Hollywood and many films, [is] that we try to resolve the contradiction. Harmony is not resolution. Harmony is the suggestion of a thing that is much larger than resolution. Harmony is the suggestion of something that is embracing and universal and of eternity and of the moment.
Resolution is something that is far more limited. It is finite; harmony is infinite.
So that storytelling, like all other contradictions in the universe, is looking for harmony and infinity in moral resolutions, resolving one, but letting another go, letting another go and creating a question that is really important.