“The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavor in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. . . . To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness. In this sense I am religious. To me it suffices to wonder at these secrets and to attempt humbly to grasp with my mind a mere image of the lofty structure of all that is there.” — Albert Einstein
The point about art is it’s all in its interpretation. Art is something that you encounter, and you know it’s in a different kind of space from the rest of your life but is directly connected to it. … It’s a great privilege to be near art because when you’re near art, you can be another kind of person, and it allows you to think differently about things that you have never done.
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
Richard Feynman on beauty. I’ll let the video speak for itself.
The Feynman Series is a companion project with The Sagan Series, a collection of videos that pays tribute to the man that brought astrophysics (and science in general) to the masses – Carl Sagan. (And if you’re not familiar with the series, you owe it to yourself to check it out immediately, starting with this).
Kinetic typography is the technical name for “moving text” and it is an animation technique mixing motion and text to express ideas using video animation. The text is presented over time in a manner intended to convey or evoke a particular idea or emotion. You’ve probably seen examples of this technique in movie title sequences and credits. The video above features the voice of Terence McKenna, an American writer who had strong opinions on psychedelic drugs and their role in society. He advocated the exploration of altered states of mind and often explored the theme of existence beyond the physical body.
This next video is hilarious. Kinetic typography for a scene from Wedding Crashers.
The video below is a beautiful example of typography. I included it just because I love it so much. It comes from the opening title sequence ofThank You For Smoking.
Art is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.” ~Leo Tolstoy