“We have art that we do not die of reality” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Facing one’s fears in a dystopian world requires a kind of courage and bravery that most Canadians have rarely been forced to call upon. In his fiction novel, “Much Ado About Corona – a dystopian love story” our guest John C.A. Manley tells a tale about the emergence of such courage in the midst of an emerging Canadian police state.
Significantly, John’s novel is evidence of the powerful role that art and literature can have in reflecting the “Covid” reality of the world in which we live. Though its plot and characters are fictional, the novel reflects a deep truth about the reality in which Canadians today find themselves, in part thanks to incorporating the narratives and insights of shows like Just Right, which is included among the dozens of references cited in the book.
In helping him expose the “Covidian Lie,” John’s son Jonah has composed and performed a musical commentary of the same name, thereby adding an additional weapon to their arsenal of artistic persuasion.
Cultures are built and identified around the stories, songs, and philosophies that define them, and most such stories tend to blend fact with fiction. The experiences of the fictional characters are representations of real life experiences, while the factual and historical backdrop of the story provides the reality and truth that make the story itself real and true.
When it is said that “life imitates art,” this is a reflection of the powerful role that art plays in shaping our reality. And of course, art similarly imitates life. In times of tyranny, fictional narratives can reveal truths and facts in a way that often escapes the notice of the tyrannical.
“Once you accept (the truth) then you’re able to do something about it,” observes John. “Until you’ve accepted it, you can’t.”
The truth is what breaks through the lies which is why all tyrannies fear truth most of all. The power of fiction lies in the fact that, through fictional narratives, truth can be discovered in a way that is Just Right for those still struggling to see it.
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