Tell Me Why

That’s what heaven is. You get to make sense of your yesterdays.

I recently read Five People You Meet in Heaven.

…human nature makes us concoct explanations for its occurrence after the fact, making it explainable and predictable.

I am also in the middle of Black Swan, a book that struck a chord with me right from the start.

Somehow for me, the two books are connected to a very fundamental question I had when I was writing stories earlier. Very often, I noticed that in reviews (not particularly of my stories), points were raised about logic, such as, why would a character do such-and-such thing, or why would such an event occur in the first place, etc. For me, it was rather puzzling, because real life can be pretty illogical. In fact, when characters act out of character, it makes far more interesting reading. People react in weird ways, events happen for no apparent reason. Why then should fiction have everything neatly tied up with no loose ends? Perhaps it is just more appealing.

I found the first book not very interesting, perhaps because I disagree with the general premise of trying to make “sense” out of my life.

I found the second book more exciting, because it seems much closer to my own philosophy. We do a lot of editing on our memories to find some sort of order in the universe that satisfies us. We as a species, are intolerant, perhaps even scared of chaos. Maybe that explains the success of the first book!

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2 thoughts on “Tell Me Why

  1. Nice point you have here! Why should everything be logically explained? Perhaps human mind is made this way, that is to try to put in order certain facts or actions. However, I believe that imagination has no limits, no logical constraints. That’s why we call it fiction, isn’t it?

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