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…personal mastery and the suspension of disbelief…

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In theater, an audience is explicitly asked to suspend their disbelief.  Rather than acknowledge that everything they see is false, misleading,  and unreal (which it is), they willingly suspend what is true to find something even more true.  The suspension of disbelief allows the audience’s imagination to become active and to perform its role as interpreter, bridging the divide between the world of everyday life, and the particular world of the story being told.  That’s quite a role given to imagination.  It is also a demonstration of personal mastery.

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