What We Agree Not To Believe

According to what I was taught in college, Coleridge defined drama as “the willing suspension of disbelief.” I love that definition as it twists and turns in several directions, defined by what it is not as well as what it is. To suspend something is to temporarily keep it from being in effect. When we go to a movie or sit as a spectator in a play, we do agree to believe, at least temporarily, that what we are seeing is real, regardless of how extraordinary it is. What we have suspended is our knowledge that it is not actual reality but a presentation of reality in a form that entertains or sometimes even teaches. With the Oscars coming up this weekend, we are reminded of the number of movies we’ve watched this past year that took us into the land of unreality without insulting our intelligence.

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About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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