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Next up: the storyteller and what to call its opposite

In his book Show Your Work Austin Kleon talks about sharing something small every day. That’s a good piece of advice that I’d like to follow, starting today. This week I’m tackling a new fable, one I used to call the player. As you know I’m revisiting the series, renaming, recoloring and rewriting into little haiku stories. The image below is the last version I’m starting with (minus the paint). 

The first thing I do is to revisit the names I gave them. The drawing on the left is about illusions and eventually I came to call it the “storyteller.” Cause it’s really about someone who tells stories. That’s not to say there’s something wrong with telling stories. The world would be dreadfully boring without them! What I’m talking about is when the person telling the stories is not aware of doing it, or of doing harm if that’s the case.

The map below is what I go through to find a name for the opposite drawing. I love words, especially ones that can mean many different things. With the dictionary app on my computer I can jump from word to word, and this can keep me amused for a while. 

So in my world the opposite of a storyteller is a “beholder“. I like this word because in it there is a sense of responsibility and participation that happens with the viewing, as in the expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. According to Merriam-Webster to behold is “to perceive through sight or apprehension” (understanding). So the storyteller who becomes a beholder comes to sees the reality and understand that either he/she has been telling stories or the consequences of doing it.

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