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Faith and Imagination

Seminar Notes

Kelly Baines

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Faith and Imagination

Faith and Imagination in Life of Pi "The trick is inwhat one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same" Carlos Castaneda. Imagination and faith rescued Pi from the depths of his misery Imagination allowed him to escape from his reality, create a untrue paradise and talk to animals. Faith let Pi create a routine, believe he could survive
and become closer to God. Needed balance between
imagination and faith. "Faith isn't faith until it's all you're holding on to." "Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow." Photo Sources:

http://www.justj.nl/wp-content/uploads/hold-on.jpg Pi used his faith to create a daily routine in which he practiced his religious rituals. It was Pi's faith that kept him positive of survival. "I felt like the sage Markandeya, who fell out of Vishnu's mouth while Vishnu was sleeping and so beheld the entire universe, everything there is. Before the sage could die of fright, Vishnu awoke and to him back into his mouth" Martel. Pi's adapted rituals brought him closer to God.
"The blackness would stir and eventually go away, and God would remain, a shining point in my heart." Martel. Piscine often imagined he could
talk to animals in order to cope
with his anguish Pi spoke to a turtle,
"I said to it, 'Go tell a ship I'm here. Go, Go.'"
Martel Pi created a story, whether it be the one with animals, or humans. The stories purposes were to help cope with his traumatizing experience. His imagination allowed him to create a
paradise out of a carnivorous island.
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