Who among us is wise?

Thou shalt create complex characters rather than merely complicated story.
(Robert McKee)

[M]ost valuable discoveries don’t make sense at first; if they did, somebody would have discovered them already. […] We should test counterintuitive things – because no one else will.**
(Rory Sutherland)

To know isn’t the same as understanding and understanding isn’t the same as wisdom. Though wisdom requires both knowledge and understanding, it brings more to the party, getting head and heart and hands to dance together.

When it comes to our lives, we know it’s easier to shape a complicated story than it is to spend the time on developing our character and personality.

Robert McKee’s quote was for a webinar on building story characters and I noted with interest three of the four elements:

  • Creating a Character from the Outside→In
  • Creating a Character from the Inside→Out
  • The Benefits of Combining the Two Approaches^

Wisdom requires we become complex characters but this we cannot become alone, we need help from outside. If we’re not finding this where we are then we need to move:

A drab looking cage produces a drab looking brain.^^

(And hearts and life.)

But we also need to know and understand our inner complexity and allow this to play upon our outer worlds.

When wisdom in all its complexity gets to play in complicated worlds then what follows can be positively unreasonable.

(*From Robert McKee’s Story.)
(**From Rory Sutherland’s Alchemy.)
(^From Robert McKee‘s blog.)
(^^From Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neuroscientist.)

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