Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, or evil can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
– Henry Miller
I found the above quote in the Upaya newsletter. It reminds me of Kurosawa:
Being an artist means not having to avert one’s eyes.– Akira Kurosawa
I read somewhere that when they were little, Kurosawa’s brother advised him never to close his eyes when he was scared. I believe he said that staring at something unflinchingly took away the horror or fear.