Thanks for this, Adam. It’s comforting to hear someone point out the difference between the “what” (life truth) and the “how” (using the medium most effectively to transmit this truth).
I love your take on this. People don’t like being lectured to. In fact, it’s against our nature. Instead, the thrill of learning is in piecing together the puzzle yourself and discovering the truth that presents itself. That drive towards that reward is human nature. I’m fond of saying that stories are like gifts of self-discovery. They should present objective pieces that whip up a storm inside the viewer. I guess you could say it’s like inception.
Have you read any of David Mamet’s texts on drama? I recommend them.