Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Designed to promote HSBC's standing as the world's local bank, the new Your Point of view campaign offers a refreshing thought to celebrate people's differences by voicing common oppositions to various topics. There was one particular one that caught my eye, one ad featuring a cat and a pug with words imprinted love and loathe, and vice versa. I love pugs, but I have heard of many who cohesively thought it was an ugly "piece of animal".
This concept I learnt today, after watching "Half-Nelson" starring Ryan Gosling" is called Dialectics. Side tracking a lil, I highly recommend this movie. It shows the friendship between an idealistic high school teacher with a drug habit and a troubled student. He rejects the conventional curriculum and instead, takes an edgier approach and emphasizes dialectics in many of his classes. Basically, dialectics is a tool to understand the way things are and the way things change. Dialectics highlights the following three points:
- Everything is made of opposing forces/opposing sides
- Gradual changes lead to turning points, where one opposite overcomes the other.
- Change moves in spirals, not circles.
In this movie, you'll see the dialectical theme playing multiple times: the teacher and student relationship, the "black" student and "white" teacher, ideals vs rules and systems, the adult teacher and the child student. Despite the differences, they made changes in their lives which resulted in positive turning points.