Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fiction Rocks, History Sucks

Fiction is more popular than history because the cycles of history are boringly the same, whereas fiction paints a picture of life as it might or should be.

"The officers and the secret police run the country, but when a mob gathers, it's up to the soldiers to hold them back. If the soldiers choose not to, then it's time for the strongman to get on a plane and escape the country."

The pitchforks-and-torches solution to a dictator doesn't work. You just get another dictator. Same for democratically elected dictators presidents. Coups or elections, there's not much difference in the end result. If you're waiting for "the people" to figure it out, i.e., accept your idea of who oughta run things, well, good luck with that. As for me, I can choose the better from the worse, and I know that freedom trumps government every time. I also know that waiting for my brethren humans to embrace freedom from government is pointless. That's why I like fiction. I'm particularly drawn to stories where people escape their chains and head off to a new land to live free.

"Off goes the head of the king, and tyranny gives way to freedom. The change seems abysmal. Then, bit by bit, the face of freedom hardens, and by and by it is the old face of tyranny. Then another cycle, and another. But under the play of all these opposites there is something fundamental and permanent — the basic delusion that men may be governed and yet be free."

H. L. Mencken

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  1. Yeah, fiction is all we'll get I suppose...

  2. Hi Mayberry,

    Take solace in your ability to create fiction. All I can do is discover it.



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