Stories vs. Reality: Who Are We Without Storytelling?
June 2, 2020 1:49 AM Subscribe
- The Fundamental Difference Between Stories And Reality - "Characters have clear transformative arcs [whereas] our identities and personal journeys are so much more complex."
- Your Life is Not a Hero's Journey - "The history of the heroic adventure and the implications of projecting the hero's journey on our own lives."
- Identity Without Storytelling - "The only thing is, when it comes to the stories of our own lives, we are both author and character."[1,2,3]
- The Myths We Need to Survive - "All political orders are based on useful fictions... The idea of equality is as much a fiction as the idea that a king or rich nobleman is 'better' than a humble peasant. What made both of these societies work was the fact that within each of them everyone believed in the same set of imagined underlying principles." (Until they don't)
- A Mind-Blowing Theory About Crime Shows - "There are essentially four different genres of entertainment, the Western, which portrays a world without law and order and a man ultimately shows up to impose that law and order, the Eastern, which is where there is a world where law and order does exist but that it has been 'subverted' by people working within the system... the Northern, where law and order exists and is morally righteous... and the Southern, where the entire 'apparatus' of law is corrupt and where someone comes in from the outside to reform the system."
- Who Really Runs The World?
- Standing halfway between justice and fascism doesn't make you a "centrist." It makes you complicit.
- The Ones Who Walk Away and the Ones Who Stay and Fight: Social Justice in Science Fiction[5,6]
- The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction - "Shifting the way we look at humanity's foundations from a narrative of domination to one of gathering, holding, and sharing."
- Time as Ideological Simulation
- How to Be Futuristic - "We live in a very short now and here, since the flow of events in spacetime is mostly closed to human comprehension. But we have to say something about the future, since we have to live there. So what can we say?"
- This is the most post-modern administration in American history - "There is, in its praxis, no deference to 'objective' truth. There is text (well, often video), interpretation, and power. That's all."
- Nance on Shapiro, 'A Culture of Fact: England, 1550-1720' - "This is a timely book, coming onto the scene as many modern scholars question the existence of a fact free from theory, and when social constructionists argue that truth, including the truth about facts and their establishment, is determined socially by communities and therefore varies significantly from time to time and place to place." (Free minds are the only company worth having)
- The Dream of a Ridiculous Man - "If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once."
- Who do you mean by 'we', kemosabe?
- I wonder what it would be like to reframe all of American history - "A struggle between two visions of nationhood: the first, which envisioned the country as a refuge and a new beginning for people from everywhere; the second, which envisioned it as a vast white racial empire."
- Three Reasons: Medium Cool[10,11,12]
- The deep existential fear of the day when the police are totally unleashed to run roughshod over the whole populace
In brief our sense of the future, of time stretching out ahead of us, can be understood as institutional social realities perpetuating themselves indefinitely into the future. This happens through the medium of humans within them performing a large set of time-construction behaviors. These behaviors range from going to work 9-5 and celebrating weekends, to contributing to retirement savings plans, to voting in elections every 4 years. They range from productive to unproductive, and from purely utilitarian to purely ceremonial. What they have in common is that through being enacted, they continuously refresh and validate specific assumptions and expectations about the past and future, thereby creating an inhabitable sense of both. This is time — historical time — as ideological simulation.
"For the police to take over society... not as a force of law and order, not even as a force of repression upon civil disorder, but as a true criminal force, chaotic, improvisational, undisciplined, and finally -- sufficiently aroused -- uncontrollable... The more there was disorder in the future, the more there would be need for larger numbers of police and more the need to indulge them. Once indulged, however, it might not take long for their own criminality to dominate their relation to society. Which spoke then of martial law to replace [the police]. But if the Army became the punitive force of society, then the Pentagon would become the only meaningful authority in the land." –Norman Mailer, Miami and the Siege of Chicago (1968)
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