A Profound Click

There is simply so many ideas, in the form of this interlinked form of the Internet, from trivial hauls and youtube videos to the works of philosophers and change-makers. While inspiring talks are easier to come by nowadays due to an influx in TED and similar venues, it is only very rarely that something, or more specifically, someone, clicks so profoundly with what you believe.

For me, this person is Jason Silva, the mastermind behind Shots of Awe, a youtube channel which hopes to make inspiration accessible to everyone. He says, “To be inspired is the ultimate antidote to existential despair,” and that is very much true. Without inspiration, life is just one dull day after another. Wonder is a scarce commodity now, with society’s views turning to realism. Because of the internet and technology, the world is so small. However, what he aims to do with his videos is to remind us of how complicated, frustratingly unknown, and yet awe-inspiring the world really is. Through fast-paced visuals and his very hypnotic way of talking, he forces us to see things in ways that may not have been seen before. Who would have thought, that ideas were like viruses, infecting each head with more ideas, and that ideas grow upon ideas like some sort of organismic being?

“Awe is the best drug in the world.” – Jason Silva Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 9.12.46 AMScreen Shot 2014-04-09 at 9.13.11 AM Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 9.13.34 AM Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 9.11.47 AM

Some stills from his youtube videos.

 

Disclaimer: I will be gone from the blogging community for the next month and a half due to IB exams.

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