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Preserving Our Stories: The Lifeline of Creativity



I'm in the middle of watching possibly the longest film I’ve committed to finishing.


A bit past the midpoint, the lead characters are in the back of a truck with others when a man starts singing. To respect those who may want to watch this film by Wim Wenders, I will try to keep this scene in “Until the End of the World” ambiguous.


Close to 3 hours into the film, the lead characters have this conversation:


“Claire Tourneur: [Listening to an Aborigine singing] What's he singing?

• Sam Farber, alias Trevor McPhee: He's singing the country. The country is like their bible. It's like - that tree is Jonah. That rock - is the whale. Everything is part of a story. He's the custodian of this stretch of the country, this part of the story. If he doesn't keep it alive, by telling it, it'll die. And so will he.”


I sat there and as I listened to the conversation, it resonated with me in terms of how important creativity is to me. I changed the words to make it a bit more universal in the sense of creativity:


“Everything is part of a story. You are the custodian of this stretch of the world, this part of the story. If you don't keep it alive by telling it, it'll die. And so will a part of you.”

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