The average American child sees 20,000 simulated murders before reaching age 18. This is considered normal. There are thousands of films, television shows, that depict people doing terrible things to each other. If you read newspapers (who does that anymore?) or the Internet, you have every right to believe that bad nasty things compose 90% of the human experience. The authors of thousands of books published this year will hope to lord you into the glamour of killing, addiction, self hatred, shame, betrayal, extortion, robbery, cancer, and torture.
You will be hard-pressed to find more than a few novels, films, new stories, and TV shows that dare to depict life as a gift whose purpose is to enrich the human soul.
We wonder why it has taken, is taking this long…
But are we really truly ready to shed the values and self images that keep this locked into alignment with a dying civilization? We have the stamina and inspiration necessary to dream a bigger, better, more original, Wilder, weather, more interesting problems?
Do you realize how demanding it will be to turn ourselves into a disciplined, radically curious, fiercely tender, ironically sincere, ingenuously loving, aggressively sensitive, lustfully compassionate master of story?
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