We’ve got such a strongly entrenched entertainment narrative. It's in books, it’s in movies, it's everywhere that our character has this terrible thing that happens to them and then they go through this journey, right? Where they learn what was really important to them. Where they have to learn some life lesson by going through this hardship that they couldn’t have found out any other way.
And, when they find that, it’s like the puppy dogs arrive and the butterflies and the rainbows and our our hero rides off into the sunset carrying with them, you know, all of the gifts and the lessons that they’ve learned. It’s the classic entertainment arc, right? If you don’t do that if you don’t follow that expected narrative arc of some terrible event to sunshine and rainbows, then you’re failing the narrative. We’re all sort of expecting ourselves and expecting each other to find that happy ending.
Life doesn’t always have a happy ending. I think that we have to start telling the truth about that. Terrible things happen; and we learn to live with them.