Kurt Vonnegut Explains Drama

From Derek Sivers:

I was at a Kurt Vonnegut talk in New York a few years ago. Talking about writing, life, and everything.

He explained why people have such a need for drama in their life.

He said, “People have been hearing fantastic stories since time began. The problem is, they think life is supposed to be like the stories. Let’s look at a few examples.”

He drew an empty grid on the board, like this:

(via J-Walk)


  1. I think there’s an alternate explanation for this. You see, normality is boring. You have to admit, the routine is tedious and monotone. Excitement rarely comes about. That is why fantasy, fairy tales, sports, and drama are called entertainment. They entertain us. That is why we like watching them. They make life more interesting. That is why we like to imitate movies. But I think there’s more to it. There are conflicts all the time not because we’re all drama queens, but because some of us are more opinionated, more self centered, ignorant, and hypocritical than others. Consequently, some of us flip a shit over the tiniest things. And mainly from those factors combined(although not exclusively), sprouts drama.

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