This is my 200th blog post. So I’ve decided that in honor of writing for more than two years on topics ranging from deep dives into storytelling to fun countdowns of inconsequential things, I’m taking a look at the deeper ideas I have been striving to get at. Writing about comic books, movies, television, and more elements of fiction and pop culture can be equal parts carefree fun and the writing equivalent of beating yourself over the head with a rock. The tricky thing is that you never quite know which it is going to be until you start the latest piece.
While entertainment may be one of the least important issues in need of discussion in the world today, a great story can change lives. True art not only helps humans express themselves in beautiful ways, but it can give them a chance to impart love and wisdom to other people in a manner that is impossible in any other form. Yes, there are countless terrible works out there that are simply the product of studios and executives trying to make as much money as possible. But good and pure art has a value that can never truly be taken away. Even a failure has value when it is created by people who are trying to do something special.
Human beings are innately drawn to tell, listen to, and pass on stories. It’s not only how we can connect with one another, but it’s how we form societies and create connections from one generation to the next or between people who have lived vastly different lives. There are core truths to the human experience that we all share, no matter our personalities, preferences, or cultures.
I want to explore those truths. I want to make the most out of something I have devoted huge portions of my life to following. I want to combine my passions and my gifts in order to bless other people, even if that is in some minor and fleeting way.
It matters to me, damn it.