The idea of a creative work as a transformational tool has always intrigued me. Granted, we as readers need to be emotionally connected to something in order for it to fully resonate. But this goes deeper. Imagine the power of water, underwater, as it swirls and plummets, rises and plunges – all the while, changing the landscape upon which it touches, changing the quality of water surrounding it, and changing itself.
The same holds true for story.
A tale which tightly connects to the emotional world of its audience is one that transforms its readers as well as the characters and scenarios described. However, a critical, but often overlooked consequence of story is its ability to undergo a metamorphosis, thus, evolving within its own framework.
While technically, an inanimate object does not display sentience, a certain form of self-awareness does flow through narration. For example, in a creation myth, the energy imbued in its symbolism, whether metaphoric or literal, adapts through its re-telling. And, both the individual conveying the myth, as well as the tale itself change through its repetition.
The elusive element at play might very well be time. In part, time is described as the “continued progress of existence in which events pass from a state of potentiality in the future, through the present, to a state of finality in the past.”* By its very definition, time, inextricably embedded within a story, might very well be responsible for its evolution.
*Reference: Oxford Dictionary and World English Dictionary
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