Sep 8, 2009

Cinderella by Kurt Vonnegut posts an account of a lecture given by Kurt Vonnegut on the need people have for drama in their lives.
“People have been hearing fantastic stories since time began. The problem is, they think life is supposed to be like the stories. Let's look at a few examples. Let's look at a very common story arc. The story of Cinderella. People love that story! This story arc has been written a thousand times in a thousand tales. And because of it, people think their lives are supposed to be like this."
Real life, he said, goes more like this:
"But because we grew up surrounded by big dramatic story arcs in books and movies, we think our lives are supposed to be filled with huge ups and downs! So people pretend there is drama where there is none.”

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