Us humans have storytellers' brains. And those storytellers of ours who reside in the top part of our heads - they love to connect the dots to make up stories, see connections everywhere and patterns of familiar elements, like faces of humans or animals.
In many ways our brain-storytellers are imaginative thinkers who craft detailed elegant tales and dream vivid dreams, and in other ways... they are on the lazier side and make obvious choices, even - conspiratorial ones.
I've read or heard a lot of what I would call lazy storytelling this past year, and countless conspiracy tales of the laziest outrageous kind... I've become pretty good at spotting the tells of a conspiracy rising, and the storyteller brain crafting away. But I also notice my own brain attempting to take me down the path... the path to connect dots to fit my own story.
One things came up for me today - a question:
We know our brains seek patterns and connect the dots, but do we know WHY?
Is it for our survival, so we can spot danger like we did back when we were hunters/gatherers? - Or.... Am I connecting the dots answering my own question here?
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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