( Pic, my floor, tonight.)
Just a thought. I watched Burn Notice tonight. Second episode with an additional character.
It was a classic recombination of events. If you read comix as a kid. Obivously, I was a fan of Kirby. Destroyer Duck #1? Kirby. Mister Miracle #1? Kirby. The Demon #1? Kirby. Forever People? Kirby. New Gods? Kirby. Howard the Duck #1 (not pictured here)? Gerber. Kull the Conqueror #1? Wally Wood and Ross Andru. And I got through all that without mentioning Ditko.
The point is, when you look at relationships, there is a certain calculus that occurs dealing with the number of people involved in any relationship. The great comic story tellers knew that simply adding a character completely shifted the balance of the story line. Imagine a golf tournament in the 1980's with Peter Jacobsen, without Fred Couples. Tom Watson without Arnold Palmer. Chi Chi Rodriques without Gary Player. Stories are driven by characters. And the context of the characters need only exist tangetially for them to have effect.
But it is that merest connection, perhaps only a single point of tangence, that helps us understand the underlying relationship of characters in the narrative of the story line. Reading stories like War and Peace is difficult simply because the story line is moved forward due to the contact of a character with another only once. That, and the use of "Sasha" when Alexander was used earlier. Russians. Can't live with them. Can't live without them.
Notice, when you think about politics, how often characters are introduced in order to move the narrative thread. And ask yourself, how are you doing, introducing characters that help you flesh out your description of the social narrative you find yourself trying to describe? Too often, we find ourselves fixating on the most egregious characters. But, they aren't really the problem. The problem, too often, is in the characters that hide in the woodwork.
The next time you want to tee off on a guy like our President, ask yourself, are there others, living here, near me, in local or state government, who can help me flesh out the storyline of incompetence? Of corruption?
All politics is local. Unless you're willing to add a few characters into your narrative, you're not going to be able to capture the attention of the listener. Find out more about the corrupt nature of your local state representative or senator. Chances are, the seeds of change are in your hand. Planting them requires you to dig a hole and plant them.
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