Little Things

I’ve been wondering why I enjoy something as bizarre and pointless as writing interactive fiction. But ultimately it’s no different from a lot of other creative hobbies.

There are people (mostly men, I imagine) who build quite elaborate model train layouts for fun. Such a train layout might fill an entire bedroom. In the evening you might find the guy building a trestle out of popsicle sticks and then painting it rust-red so it looks authentic.

In each case, what’s fun is creating a tiny model of the real world — a model that has light and color and sound in it, and where things move around. The human brain seems to like building models.

A community theatre performing Shakespeare is the same thing, isn’t it? There’s more social collaboration than if you’re building a model train, but the result is a tiny model of the real world (the life of Richard III, for instance) that includes color and sound and movement.

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2 Responses to Little Things

  1. Kermit says:

    We really did create God in our image didn’t we. After all if we were omnipotent what else would we do than build the ultimate train set?

  2. midiguru says:

    That is a profound comment, Kermit. Thanks!

    Not that I believe in God, but I think the idea of God becomes much, much more interesting — and one might even say, more credible — if we set aside the idea that God is “the Creator”. We might imagine, for instance, that the Universe itself manifests a Universal Spirit of some sort as a natural process.

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