Posted by Myrrh on July 03, 1998 at 14:22:06:
In Reply to: Re: Questions posted by Petra on July 02, 1998 at 14:49:35:
Welcome, Diana! Glad you're joinin' up!
This discussion is great. Yes, I agree you should write down the story, Di. Research into your own family's history must be very stimulating! You should get with Victoria, who, I think, has done similar research.
Petra, I too am always analyzing the whys and wherefores of human behavior, inside or outside of cultural contexts, and ask the same question when I encounter stories of extreme violence. Even the "simple" question of hatred is interesting...what exactly is it all about, what causes it (generally and in specific cases), why do people behave as they do? The "us" and "them" thing is always interesting.
Your last comment was a good one.
Romanticizing has become a tool for storytellers (probably always was) to get the story to take root in people's souls and psyches. Especially nowadays, though, and in Western culture, clearly defined and simplified 'good guys' and 'bad guys' seem to have become essential to make stories palatable. There's such danger in that.
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