I mostly used this picture with that specific quote, because I didn’t know how to introduce this post’s theme; transformation. Not only did we this week read and analyse a short story called ‘Getting Closer’ we also looked at the idea of transformation.
When I look back at the previous short stories, I see a repeated theme of “transformation” but that is not what this blog post is about, well, it’s about transformation, but in a different perspective, not through the short stories.
I chose three examples of transformation, and used these to explore a deeper idea.
This video is originally from a Thai insurance company, and it has been going around social media a lot because it is very cute, inspiring and morally correct. Personally, I find it touching, but also extreme, but it gets the message through. But this video relates to transformation in many different ways, such as the very basics: the dog’s hunger transforms, the plants grows, the girl gets to go to school and therefore transforms. The next ‘layer’ of transformation, is how the main character transforms. He learns to appreciate what he has and learns empathy. The transformation in this commercial is very physical, learningful and somehow emotional, through either how some of the object grow physically or how they grow through learning about others and others’ feelings. These are all the connected to emotionally growing.
When talking about transformation, there are many kinds of transformations. There are physical transformations, maybe you lose weight, maybe you grow. As humans, we experience a slight physical transformation, it’s so small that we don’t notice it, but you can see it over time. Maybe some people would describe this as ‘growing’? Which transformation potentially is, either you physically grow or you grow through learning. Anything that becomes a different version of itself, that is a transformation. As seen in the picture above, there is a butterfly, it shows the stereotypical image for transformation. To me it also resembles the fact that you can’t always control that you are being transformed, and that transformation doesn’t always happen overnight, it’s a long process.
- “What transforms this world is – knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it it. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realise things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.” – Yukio Mishima, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion
I think this quote emphasises the power of our capability as humans, rather than transformation. It describes how we can transform the world with just our knowledge, and nothing else can make the world change as we can. I think it’s a powerful quote without being poetic, which leaves less questions unanswered. After reading this, I stumble on questions such as ‘in what context did Yukio say this in?’ and ‘what message did he want us to get from it?’ Maybe he wanted to say that we still have time and ability to change the world we live in now, maybe we can still transform the planet from a mess to a paradise?
- “Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root at awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.” – Alan Cohen
This quote is very inspiring, it relates to the idea of when life gives you lemons, make lemonade because it says how all negative experiences could be a change for transformation. It’s an interesting quote because it’s so simple, but ever so inspiring. To me, this inspires me to take the negative moments lighter, because I can learn from them, which is very true. Just like the previous quote, I still have questions. Was this quote thought of, did he practice it, did he write it, or did he just say it and someone was like “Hey, I’m gonna quote you on that, that was just pure gold! Thanks Alan!”? Or am I being too dramatic? idk.
Well, whatever happens, we live in a world that is being transformed every second, at the same time, we are also being transformed, both me and you.