The Same But Different- A Writing & Life Tip

A writing and life tip! (part of a possible new series of writing and life tips)

One of the most fundamental and beautiful contradictions I can think of is this:

1) We are all the same

2) We are all different

They are both true. This is proven by physics. Einstein himself said “A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. “

Despite this, we can’t literally jump out of our skin and into someone else’s… but hey- wait, isn’t that sort of like writing (or reading a book)? The reason why we enjoy books and movies and art etc is because we realize we are not alone. That we are all having the same experience– maybe not life experience, but human experience. Other people are feeling the same way we feel. Other people are behaving the same way we behave. Other people are thinking the way we think. We are other people. Surprise!

One of the coolest parts of writing (and reading) is stepping into our character’s shoes and realizing this contradiction. We sometimes write fictional journeys, sometimes our own journeys, but always the same human journey.

If you’re a writer (and even if you’re not) how are you stepping into this truth? Leave a comment below!

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