Saturday, 24 March 2018

The Value of Stories

Culture has often been conveyed from one person to another through word-of-mouth experiences of storytelling.  As Privacy herself will verify, good stories are a valuable means of enlightenment.

But what value do you place on stories?

What are the features of the stories you most value?

What do you enjoy most about hearing stories and telling stories?

Do you prefer factual stories or fictional ones?

What are the qualities you most admire in a main character, and why?

How do you prefer a main character to deal with conflict?

How do you tell the difference between fake news and real news?

When is real news relevant to you and when is it not relevant?

How do you ascertain relevance?

Where do you usually learn about - and imagine - places you have never visited?

How do you learn about - and imagine - people you have never met?

The arts often present people and places imaginatively, with varying degrees of accuracy. 

How do you relate to places and cultures you have never really experienced?

How do you respond emotionally to people you are unlikely ever to meet?

How well acquainted do you usually become with the people you do meet?

How superficial, or otherwise, are your usual social interactions?

How deep is your character?

How would you describe your own personality?

How would you describe the conflicts and other problems you have been attempting to overcome in the real world?

When communicating a problem or need, what is the usual tone of your persuasiveness

How do you feel when people ignore or disregard your needs and problems?

How do you assess your priorities when people seek your help in meeting their needs and solving their problems?

When people pry into matters you wish to keep private, or even secret, how do you usually respond to that intrusiveness?

When you are engrossed in a particularly enjoyable activity and someone wants you to stop that and do something less enjoyable, how do you respond?

How and why does fiction sometimes engage your interest significantly when the real world contains so many important facts worthy of your attention?

How much of your character is really fictional?

Who truly is the real you, and where and how will you find that person?

Many politicians feed the public fiction whilst pretending to offer fact.  They usually offend seekers of the truth whilst doing so.  No enlightened person, of course, ever mistakes fiction for fact. 

How do you check facts?

How do you know when a fake news story is little more than a harmless hoax and not a dangerous fraud? 

Most people have significant biases.  How do you check facts to ensure bias does not arise in your own point of view?

Do you usually display bias because you like people who share your own biases?

Enlightened beings are not biased.

Have you ever written a story about enlightened beings?

Have you ever read stories about enlightened beings?

What is the mood of the stories you prefer?

What is your own mood at present?

The desire for natural, organic relationships, rather than commercially-driven ones. is a sign of enlightenment. 

How are your social and cultural experiences related to commercial factors?

When the public mood is enlightened, and its participants are therefore aware of commercial influences in their lives, many people then find it easier to lead the way to a more pleasant reality. 

But what happens when sufficient enlightenment can only be found in fiction?

How can that fiction improve enlightenment in fact?

Unenlightened individuals feel insulted when the truth of their thought-processes are revealed to them.

The key, of course, is not to offend the public unnecessarily.  Regardless of how enlightened or unenlightened the most influential sections of a public may be, the entire public will always be an important audience in a democracy.

Word-of-mouth communication, even when online, is always preferred by everyone officially associated with Villa Twaklinilkawt. 

With or without word-of-mouth recommendations to attend particular events here, have you found anything within Villa Twaklinilkawt to be of value to you?

If your experiences, in any area of the digital villa, and especially in this ethereal theatre, are of any value to you at all, please remember to make an email recommendation to your closest friends and associates, as a courtesy to everyone here.

A genuine referral is always preferable to a viral meme.

Stories of value pass between people and generations over many centuries.