Bend it like Nolan – Part 2
Scene: A ROADSIDE CAFE IN PARIS.
COBB: They say we only use a fraction of the true potential of our brains… but they’re talking about when we’re awake. While we dream, the mind performs wonders.
ARIADNE: Such as?
COBB: How do you imagine a building? You consciously create each aspect, puzzling over it in stages… But sometimes, when your imagination flies.
ARIADNE: I’m discovering it.
COBB Exactly: Genuine inspiration.
Cobb leans forwards and draws on the paper table cloth.
COBB: In a dream, your mind continuously does that…
Cobb has drawn a circle made of two arrows.
COBB: It creates and perceives a world simultaneously. So well that you don’t feel your brain doing the creating. That’s why we can short circuit the process…
COBB: By taking over the creating part. Cobb draws a straight line between the two arrows.
COBB: This is where you come in. You build the world of the dream. We take the subject into that dream and let him fill it with his subconscious.
ARIADNE: But are you trying to fool him that the dream is actually real life?
COBB (nods) While we’re in there, We don’t want him to realize he’s dreaming.
ARIADNE: How could I ever get enough detail to Convince him that it’s real?
COBB: Our dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up we realize things were strange, Ariadne gestures around them.
ARIADNE: But all the textures of real life, the stone, the fabric. cars… people… your mind can’t create all this.
COBB: It does. Every time you dream. Let me ask you a question: You never remember the beginning of your dreams, do you? You just turn up in the middle of what’s going on.
Dreams are precious. Walt Disney famously quoted, “If you dream it, you can do it.” We all have dreams and aspirations. But, when we dream, we must have lofty ideals! Small goals or dreams do not have enough power to motivate us. Our beloved past president Shri Adbul Kalam passionately said, “A dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep. Dream, dream, dream. Dreams transform into thoughts, and thoughts result in action. You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.” Otorhinolaryngology is one field that provides ample opportunity to dream big!
“If you give the same time to something useful, you may get a Nobel Prize!” My wife chastised me. I woke up confused about what to reply to her or the significance of the scene I had just watched. I spend a lot of time researching movies I love. Other than entertainment, each movie should provide some ideas or take-home messages. Good films directed by great directors convey extraordinary messages. Inception by Christopher Nolan is one of them. You may remember the above scene where Paris city shreds into pieces following these dialogues!
I watch only a few movies. However, I watched selected movies multiple times to study technical aspects, get ideas or understand the core message. Inception is one of them. I discovered numerous creative ideas hidden within me after watching that movie. “Seeing is believing.” Visual media is a powerful tool to convey ideas and information.
“To win a Nobel, first, we need Nobel thoughts, honey,” I tried to justify with my wife, knowing that I can’t win an argument with her. Moreover, our spouses are our best critiques!
Dears, with this I invite you for this weeks’ “Weekend with a Maestro!” program. We have a great dreamer who has achieved all they dreamt of as a Maestro. The topic is “Superficial Parotidectomy.” The event is on 6th February 2022, from 06.00 to 08.00 pm – IST (+5.30 GMT). Please click this link to register for this program in advance.
With warm regards,
Prof. Dr. Prahlada N.B