Posts tagged #Story

Living From The Inside Out

    Watch the Video! "Inside Out" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #49)

I love Pixar’s new film Inside Out, which depicts the inner emotions of a girl named Riley who is moving to San Francisco.

The film is brilliant and hilarious for many reasons, but I particularly loved the constant struggle the emotions face to interpret the events that occur in Riley’s life.

The move to San Francisco is an event that isn’t inherently good or bad. The various emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust) constantly respond to stimuli in Riley’s environment to create an emotional story about what the event means.

Posted on July 30, 2015 .

Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe

     Watch the Video! "Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe" by Blake Brandes (Motivational Blog Rap #19)

The title of this blog post refers to the painting “The Treachery of Images” (La trahison des images) by Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte, which features the image of a pipe with the words “This is not a pipe” (Ceci n’est pas une pipe) under it. 

One of the issues that the painting raises is the difference between the signifier, the word or image, and the signified, the actual object the word or image describes.  “This is not a pipe” is literally true because it is a painting of a pipe, not an actual pipe. 

Applied more broadly to our daily lives, the painting can be a reminder that the story we tell ourselves about an event is not the event itself. 

Posted on December 18, 2014 .