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27 August 2014

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 August 27, 2014
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The other day, as I stared at my Facebook and Twitter feeds and read the newspaper describing all the horrific and crazy things that are going on in the world right now, I marveled that in the face of all these very real events, we still care about watching and reading stories.

 

So I decided to make a list of why we watch movies and read books… And not only that, but why it’s necessary to do these things.

 

Here’s my list…

 

to escape

to process our own lives

to make us laugh

to make us cry

to remind us of all we have

to remind us what we need

to catch glimpses of other worlds

to help us remember we’re not alone

to use our brains

to not use our brains

to step in someone else’s shoes

to see our own shoes differently

to relax

to get scared

to run away

to face the truth

 

 

Asked by an interviewer what it is that draws human beings to story across all cultures and recorded history, the great mythologist Joseph Cambell said, “I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive… so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

 

So yeah, that probably sums up the whole list perfectly– “To feel the rapture of being alive.”

 

Keep watching and reading and writing and wondering.

 

It keeps us human in the face of the real world.

 

xo Pat

 

 

 

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