The Fable and the Truth

> The best way to address universal truths is fable.
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> You can disarm the resistance of the audience and allow them to discuss and be open to themes that would seem very topical and very aggressive. It’s theater of the mind and a theater of the soul.
—Guillermo del Torro

If any universal truths are to be believed, it is through story that we can communicate with each other most effectively. The tale, the myth, the fable — no matter the medium — can cultivate a understanding between people. Religion can serve this function, and mostly does. But for those who have lost the taste for organized religion, the stories that we share in popular culture can fill that need though only to a point.

Find the stories that speak to you and understand the truth you want to share.

The Fable and the Truth

> The best way to address universal truths is fable.
>
> You can disarm the resistance of the audience and allow them to discuss and be open to themes that would seem very topical and very aggressive. It’s theater of the mind and a theater of the soul.
—Guillermo del Torro

If any universal truths are to be believed, it is through story that we can communicate with each other most effectively. The tale, the myth, the fable — no matter the medium — can cultivate a understanding between people. Religion can serve this function, and mostly does. But for those who have lost the taste for organized religion, the stories that we share in popular culture can fill that need though only to a point.

Find the stories that speak to you and understand the truth you want to share.

Ship It

At this point it is what it is, and the ship has sailed. The milestones are satisfying, but there is only one true step.

When the time comes to share your work, you begin a path whose mystery can be overwhelming. Fight the doubt and ship it.

Let the die be cast.

Going Through

Failing is key. Pushing through the bad times is what differentiates us from those who would give up. We all share in the disappointment of experience, but not all of us keep pushing through the disappointment for the promise of achievement.

While easy to beat up on ourselves for a momentary lapse in discipline, it is the flexibility which allows for a perspective that rigidity blinds us to.

Milestones

We share milestones surf those we grew up with. Encourage each other by example.

This not competition; it is cooperation.

Context

All it takes is a moment for things to be brought into context. We live daily thinking we understand what we are doing. Then with a flash of insight brought upon by some guide we come to realize that our aspirations may not have come to match our actions. This is a difficult truth to bear.

But understanding where we are is the first step in making the change we want.

Enough

Enough practice will bring bad days. When that happens, it’s easy to think that you’ll never return. Just like whenever the momentum is going you never feel like you’ll be down. Take the day for what it is; for whatever reason the stars did not lineup.

Do not take it personally. Only learn.

Examination

Self-examination involves effort that pays dividend. Everything is clear in our minds, but once we see those thoughts on paper they can look simple. Lost in translation is any profundity — things aren’t as deep as once thought.

But there will be more expression. Practice will bring depth.

The Choice

Who would choose this frustrating life of a writer? Who would choose to deal with the demons of self-doubt and uncertainty, daily? Surely it is a fools errand, but there are many who follow the call. Why? What lies on the other side of such misery?

There is hope there, hope that one day true work will be produced that can be looked back on as evidence that the sacrifices were not made in vain. To look at the completion of the product and know that all of the pain and misery was worth it. Beauty brought forth from toil.

And those of us who heed the call will jump right back in. For us there is no choice. For us there is only the life. Nothing else exists but the life of words.

The Stress

The stress ends; it has to. There comes a point where it is no longer useful. From one moment to the next, the work changes. Much has been done and what remains is no longer forbidding.

You’ve made it to the other side.

The perspective isn’t there when in the thick of it. At that point staying above the water is the only concern. But once the wave has passed and the waters calmed, new muscles have been formed.

Difficulty isn’t pleasant. Unfortunately for us, it just might be necessary for any progress.