Pianoboy (Dima Shurov): "The world has its own, strange harmony. That's why it includes both rich and poor, both success and sadness. There aren't many people whose life is perfect. Not many people can say their work is their true calling; that they're paid according to their abilities; or that their goals are shared by all members of the family. Most folks spend their entire lives chasing a [perfect] goal––and it can become a real trap. Life flies by while you're looking for something and then, all of a sudden, it comes to a shocking end."
Consolation for Pianoboy comes from Benjamin Hoff's "The Tao of Pooh" (1982), which discerns ancient Chinese wisdom in a British children's classic. Shurov explains: "Winnie the Pooh isn't just a cartoon character of my childhood; he has already become a serious influence in my life. He symbolizes the fact that any situation can get complicated––and that there's nothing inherently negative in the world. There's only our negative attitude towards it. That's a hard lesson to learn."