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Stories About Life, Death, and All the Spaces in Between

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Stories We Live By

Stories We Live By


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When does life feel real and worth living? When do our lives feel real but not worth living? Can our lives be made up of performances to impress or placate others that do not feel real? Is such a life worth living? Can we lose sight of what feels real and what is a performance? Do people who knowingly act for a living feel real while thay are acting? If actors do not feel real during their performances could they ever convince the rest of us that they are real? Would such unreal performaces allow us to feel anything as we watch them? Do we idolize actors because so much of our lives are performances that do not feel real and are not worth living? Might there be a relationship between living lives between real living and make believe living and acts of violence that embrace death and reject all life? Do mass murderers feel real during their acts of violence? Do human beings love war more than peace because war makes life feel more real? Do we love war because we hate so much of our day to day lives that are really performances. Can we embrace life unless it feels real and worth living? Does life feel real unless we love,  feel that we matter, have dignity and create? Can life feel so unreal that we wish for death and an afterlife that we hope will be more real than our lives? Can we create stories to answer some of thes questions?