Words that make you think

I just stumbled across this blog today and discovered, at the end of the author’s post, these words by Arundhati Roy,

“What
is happening to the world, lies at the moment, just outside the realm
of common human understanding. It is the writers, the poets, the
artists, the singers, the filmmakers who can make the connections, who
can find ways of bringing it into the realm of common understanding,
who can translate cash-flow charts and scintillating boardroom speeches
into real stories about real people with real lives. Stories about what
it’s like to lose your home, your land, your job, your dignity, your
past and your future to an invisible force. To someone you can’t see.
You can’t hate. You can’t even imagine.”

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4 Responses to Words that make you think

  1. Reminds me of that line from the movie Contact – “they should have sent a poet”.

  2. niti bhan says:

    yes… sometimes the “bottomline” just gets in the way, no?

  3. Param says:

    Good one. For quite some time, I’ve felt the need to contribute something to the world around me…but haven’t been able to put a finger on what/how/why/etc.
    This quote from Arundhati has now helped me realise the role that folks like me (designers/photographers) can play in the world around us. More importantly, for the first time, I’m able to see the real value in this role – “translate cash-flow charts and scintillating boardroom speeches into real stories about real people with real lives.” This is so true. I can’t think of any other skill/profession that can actually do this. Thanks for posting this, Niti. This is really inspiring!

  4. niti bhan says:

    than you param.

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