...there had never been any creative storytelling, no tall tales spun around campfires, no short stories, no novels, no plays ever, anytime, anywhere in the history of the planet.**
Would that lack have had a dramatic effect on human development – that is, would we be unimaginative and plodding, possibly yet to emerge from the Stone Age?
Or would there be hardly any effect at all?
If you think the truth lies somewhere in between, what do you imagine the differences to be?
Here are a few questions I’ve posed to myself:
Would reason, analysis and science have predominated and made the world substantially different, more advanced scientifically? Would we have flown to Alpha Centauri by now?
Would people have channeled their creative impulses into other avenues, such as the visual arts or music, so we would have a planet full of Ludwig van Beethovens, John Coltranes, Judy Colllinses, Jerry Garcias, Pablo Picassos, Claude Monets, Georgia O’Keeffes and Hope Gangloffs?
Would people be less happy, more happy, more neurotic or psychotic?
Would more people have committed suicide? Homicide?
Had more sex?
Let’s get a dialogue going. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings. Go for it – wacky, frivolous, maybe even serious.
**Note: I’m not including poetry because it’s a ‘hybrid’, and anyway, if we're to believe Don Plansky (The Tortoise and the Eagle: Untimely Observations on the Writer’s Craft), “Poetry is for sissies.”