What kind of story do you like?
What kind of story keeps your attention, keeps you entertained?
The kind of story that you like tells a lot about you as a person.
Stories that are not complicated, linear storylines, good versus evil, Lassie Come Home, The Andy Griffith Show, Murder She Wrote. You may see the world where there is an answer to every question.
Complex stories like The Matrix, 12 Monkeys, Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Mr. Robot. You may be a person who sees the grays of life. Everything has a shade of both good and evil. People, places, and things there is no place stable to stand.
Stories take us on a journey.
A journey that we imagine we might like.
2001: A Space Odyssey, Pirates of the Caribbean, Romancing The Stone, Lord of the Rings, all places, people and times that call for discovery. They pull on our sense of adventure.
Stories serve a purpose more than mere entertainment.
Most stories at their core are trying to tell us something the creator wants us to know.
It has been demonstrated long ago that people don't like to be told what to do.
It starts in our childhood.
Tell a child they can't have any candy. Why? Because it will spoil your dinner.
You can tell them it's not good for them, but that contradicts the sweetness they are experiencing.
The pleasure of consuming.
They don't want to be preached to they can see the holes in the story.
Adults can also see holes in stories.
Society in the past, now and in the future will always have its rough points.
Storytellers use their imaginations to help the society they live in to do a little self-examination when they present a story to them.
Veiled within a story can be a lesson, a word of warning, that can help the reader better understand the problem the author wants to address.
How do you get people to look at that issue?
Back in the day, during the middle of the civil rights era when MLK was still alive, the TV show Star Trek broke ground on a number of their episodes.
In particular, on the episode, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, two aliens one black on the right white on the left, one white on the right and black on the left were trying to kill each other. Kirk and crew wanted to get them to see there was no reason to fight but failed.
What they demonstrated through the veil of science fiction was the absurdity of judging people by their appearance instead of their character.
Our current president wants us to pay attention to the story he is telling.
He wants us to believe his story is true that Putin is our friend.
Putin is not out to harm the West or America why would he?
Putin is strong.
Putin is tough.
Putin would never tell us a lie.
He will look us in the eye and tell us America is just like Russia.
Trump is telling us the truth.
Why would he lie?
Just like any good storyteller fact is always mixed with fiction.
The sign that you are an adult, able to reason for yourself, is when you can determine if you are being told a story or not.
Putin is a dictator and has rigged his own elections, killed, jailed his opposition.
Anyone in his country who says he lies finds themselves in prison or dead.
He was part of the KGB trained in the art of deception. He has a black belt in lying.
Lying is a type of storytelling.
The best storytellers can also be great liars.
Smooth, cool individuals who will get you to believe them and what they are selling.
The trick is, do you want to buy what they are selling.
Yes, you can believe Putin a known liar.
Yes, you can believe Trump a known liar.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
But just like that kid who knows that a cookie will not spoil their hunger, and as an adult, they can eat cookies all day and not spoil their dinner.
It's up to the individual, that means you and I, to find out if habitual, chronic, malignant, narcissistic sociopaths can tell the truth.