On storytelling and Umberto Eco

Life isn’t welcoming for the human being. Our birth is the funeral of our comfort. We suffer from fears we can’t tell until we arrive at a language. Once we embark on language we never let go of it. We hold on to it as if it’s a drifting branch in a river of fears. It becomes a life buoy. It helps us organise, normalise, distribute and eventually avoid our fears. Therefore all language is the avoidance of fear in essence. However, we do not settle for avoidance. We learn to rise and stand tall on this branch. We use it to sail to new horizons, visit places where nobody has ever been. It is the birth of the storytelling and it is the only way to endure our exit. As late Umberco Eco has once said, “To survive, you must tell stories.”

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