Overwhelming information, useless noise and complicated lives, this is what we face daily. Bombarded by social media that creates a false reality and sense of connectivity. We are more at a disconnect that we ever were before. More than ever, we feel strongly that the world is all black or all white, that there are no grey areas. Nature, however, reminds us that this is not true. If we go back to the basic, we will realize that everything is connected.
As much as we want to escape one side, we should not completely close off from it. Imagine if we live in a world that has no darkness, will you be able to appreciate the beauty of the constellation? If there were no defeat, how can you truly savor triumph?
The movie “Inside Out” also reminded us of this last year. What is joy without sadness? This is life and understanding the significance of duality reminds us that we are part of a bigger picture. The world is not just about us. We are part of an intricate phenomena, essentially one with the universe.
In all of these examples, I think, we should start making the light out of darkness, and use the darkness as a canvas — like the visual artists do, like Edward Hopper in this painting. I think that there is a lot of suspense in this painting. I think, when I see it, I start to think, who are those people? Where have they come from? Where are they going? What just happened? What will be happening in the next five minutes? And it only embodies all these stories and all this suspense because of the darkness and the light.
–Rogier van der Heide
Watch the full Ted talk to understand the idea in a visual manner.