Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Inception Of An Idea

C. Engdahl
The Big E of Big E Toys

"Ideas fly through the air, but they are conditioned by laws which we cannot understand. Ideas are infectious, and an idea which might be thought the prerogative of a highly cultured person can suddenly alight in the mind of a simple, carefree being and take possession of him." - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Ever wonder if your really good idea was really your good idea?

Perhaps it was someone else’s. Perhaps someone planted it. Perhaps you unknowingly stole it.

I finally saw the movie Inception last week. I was glad I was able to see it before its run in theaters had ended. It was brilliant. Simply brilliant. I actually saw it again a few days later. I just needed to. I likened it to a little bit The Matrix, with some Shutter Island, and a hint of What Dreams May Come all rolled up into one. Totally brilliant. I think writer-director Christopher Nolan is phenomenal as well. His movie Memento, along with The Usual Suspects, are the two movies that made me realize the way in which a story is told is as important as the story itself.

Inception was intriguing to me on so many different levels. And not that I need any extra help doing so, but thinking about the movie makes me wonder more about the origin of ideas and how they grow. My mind races at the thought.

Have you ever subtly planted an idea in someone’s head?

Have you ever inadvertently co-opeted an idea and claimed it as your own?

It happens all the time. Whether we know it or not.

What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere.” – Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) from the movie Inception

If you haven’t already done so, see the movie Inception.

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