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Every schoolchild knows that Columbus set out across the sea to prove that the world was round. But the belief in a spherical earth had a long and illustrious pedigree, as Columbus himself was well aware. . . . The second reason that inspired the Admiral [Columbus] to launch his enterprise and helped justify his giving the name ‘Indies’ to the lands which he discovered was the authority of many learned men who said that one could sail westward from the western end of Africa and Spain to the eastern end of India, and that no great sea lay between.
I was inspired by a question that kept repeating itself in my mind: Could I really change my life? I’d spent so many days, weeks, months, and years thinking about doing things with my life, and now I wanted to know, if I committed to a goal and woke up every single day working hard at it, could I change my life?
I have different interests, and what happens with making a film is that you’re going to live with it for a long time, so it better be something that has some staying power. I’m usually inspired by – it could be anything. In one instance, one of the things I was inspired by was something that was happening in my family – the drama that happens in a family, or an unsolvable crime, like Senorita Extraviada.
Like Nietzsche’s own writings on education, most of mine were relatively youthful ones. Both were inspired by a critical animus against prevailing trends in education: in Nietzsche’s case, the production either of ‘useless’, dry-as-dust scholars or people ‘useful’ for the needs of an expanding industrial economy; in my case, a similar subjection of education to economic imperatives, but also to ideological obsessions, notably with promoting ‘equality’.