NA horrors today
Posted by Carolyn B on January 19, 1998 at 12:46:38:
I'm going to try to wax philosophical on my day off, so please excuse any incoherency:
In NA, Catherine confuses what happens in fiction with what happens in real life. To what extent do we all do that? How much is our perception of reality shaped by what we read, what we see on TV and in the movies vs. what we actually experience for ourselves?
Do we live in fear of strangers and crime today because of all the shocking stories we hear on the talk shows or the movie of the week? (Like the Gothic horrors of Catherine's novels, except re-enacted for us in full color?)
Henry Tilney says, "Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you --"
Okay so I now live in a place where people leave their car doors unlocked in public parking lots, and when UPS delivered my computer it sat on my front step all day because one of my neighbors helpfully signed for it. But while I don't believe that this is the sort of small town hiding dark secrets of satanic rituals or UFO abductions (a la X-files), I'm still keeping my doors locked, because I've watched enough McGruff the Crime Dog PSAs to know I should.
I have heard some learned types argue that all history and non-fiction is really fiction since it can never truly present reality to us, however much it may come close. So is the real lesson of NA then to learn to pick and choose from the information we read in books, in the papers, on the net or hear on TV, from our neighbors, etc?
Sorry to ramble....
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