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Best Way to Spread Light

A shattering horror flick with a nicely twisted finish. 

The movie has an interesting premise involving radical treatment for schizophrenia,

which results in a supernatural mirror effect.


Could have use

"Everlasting Light"

of The Black Keys

to make this video.

Bass and drums

drive most of the songs on the "Brothers" record with the guitars pushed to the background, for a very powerful and evocative result.

Best way to Spread Light

Creative Soundtrack

...and Creative Thinking

Tweet Inspirational Quotes...

"Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World"   Christopher Columbus

Poster for the movie MIRRORS, a creative thinking story about schizophrenia
Everlasting Light from The Black Keys
Cover page of Edith Wharton's book The Custom of the Country is full of inspirational quotes

Read Edith Wharton

Watch Mirrors


The social ambitions of the greedy, amoral, beautiful Undine Spragg, fresh from the mid-West and hoping to take New York--and then Europe--by storm, makes for Wharton's most ruthless, powerful and savage novel.

The Sun Mood

Edith Wharton: "There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it".

Inspirational quotes from Edith Wharton seem to have different meanings to different people. This is not different for this one which attracts a lot of commentaries on the social forums.

From Candles Leaders and Mirrors Followers...

  • There are two ways in which people can live their life. They can either follow their heart and do what they want, or be the person that appreciates what others have done. 

  • Many of us have the tendency to think that supporting others means that we're inferior.  It's unfortunate that many of us prefer to start substandard projects instead of helping someone who is better at it to achieve a greater goal.

  • Candle melts as time goes on, its length decreases proportionately with time and finally it gets extinguished. Now look at the mirror it does nothing except reflecting light but gives the impression  it is a never ending source of light.

  • The light refers to any positive aspect of life, be it knowledge, kindness, even love. You can always spread this positivity of life, without being the cause of it.

  • We’re all both candles and mirrors at different points in time and in different situations.

Interestingly, this quote is rarely seen as an allegory for inspiration and creativity, i.e. the process that consists of looking at someone's idea in a different angle or through different filters to build new concepts.

...to a unified system of Creative Thinking

As Steve Jobs once said, "Creativity is having enough dots to connect," meaning that in a world of great scientists and researchers (i.e. the candles) another talent (e.g. the mirror) is to collect such experts knowledge on a wide basis to propose pragmatic solutions in other areas.  There are multiple business examples of such successes:

  • Hospitals improved their check-in process when they consulted hotels

  • Oil transmission companies found better ways to seal cracked pipelines when they studied the self-healing properties of capillaries.

  • A whitening toothpaste was developed by studying how laundry detergent whitens clothes

Indeed, mirrors are as important as candles with their ability to extend and concentrate the light into new areas.