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On Curses and Cussing, Part 6: Storytelling can change the world
Our world needs good stories, today more than ever. With the evaporation of belief in objective truth prevalent in our culture, stories can expose us to ancient Truth in a way that arguments cannot. How would one ever learn to remedy the use of the tongue from cursing into blessing, if he never encountered a story in which a character did so themselves? How would someone ever repent in a world that despises God, if all the stories they know only have caricatures of such a hate? Do we think that refusing to portray humans as fallen dust will help us convince unbelievers to be saved from their being fallen dust?
These are ultimately questions too big for this newsletter. But before I start teaser-testing the real content of Dust, it was essential to first make an apology (i.e. defense) of the type of dialogue and language it will be using as tools considered essential to the craft of believable storytelling.
Christians, of all people, should be able to tell the most believable stories, as we are children of the only authentically true one.
In the end, if it raises your hackles to read about a character who speaks and thinks much the same way the average 40-year-old male speaks and thinks today, then Dust is probably not the work for you. On the other hand, if you don’t mind the curiosities of picking your way through a plausibly apocalyptic future-world, naturally devolved in all manner of ways including (among many others) a few dystopian potty-words born of my geek-deep commitment to all things immersion, then you may just find Dust is right up your alley.
Or, rather, right where you fracking wanted it.