As a continuation of September's DIY MFA project, I would like to dedicate Mondays to all things reading-related. Some things I'd like to talk about is the purpose that fiction and literature serve in our society. I also want to discuss the close relationship between reading and writing and why you can't do one without engaging in the other on some level. Most importantly, I want to look at how we can learn to think beyond the page.
Story-telling--which is basically reading and writing at the purest level--is a unifying part of the human condition. Think about it, despite cultural or racial differences, people all over the world have engaged in story-telling for the past thousands of years. That we know of, no other species on the planet engages in story-telling the way people do. Sure, birds might communicate by flashing their feathers and whales might call to each other. Chimpanzees might even learn basic sign language, but none of this is the same as story-telling, which humans have been doing since cavemen painted on walls.
I know. Heavy stuff, right? Before I sign-off for the day, I'll leave you with the following:
Writing is the ultimate form of manipulation. Reading is the supreme act of defiance.Agree or disagree?