The opening quote of this pledge video speaks something rather profound to me.
A While ago I was working on Super Everything and one of the interviewees started talking about the difference between tolerance and empathy between communities and cultures in Malaysia.
Tolerance is I will let you do what you want until I cannot take it anymore.
But Empathy is so much more powerful. Empathy is I feel for you, empathy is I have put myself in your place to understand how you feel, empathy makes us want to help and change ourselves.
Which is where the opening quote of this video comes in. If someone asked me ‘why do you like film’ I’m not sure if I could have articulated the reason. I would have been able to describe a feeling but it would have felt as though the words were floating above my head. I could jump up and catch a few but… never all of them.
But now… now I will say that good cinema entertains you, But great cinema allows you to empathise with people you would have never thought you would.
And if a great movie can make you empathise. Then maybe… just maybe, a great movie can help you grow.
Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.