24 December 2020

Merry Christmas 2020

 Last year I shared some creators that helped me learn about game development. This year I'm gonna pass on some life advice kind of. If you play certain types of games, listen to music, are a bookworm, movie aficionado, or a weeb listen up. This goes out to you.

We Pass On Information By Telling Stories

The anime and manga "Dr. Stone" is an interesting example. In some chapters and one of the episodes, they mention the "100 Stories" that are passed on from generation to generation keeping important information.[1] Even better this is not made up. It actually matches up with real-life as well. Not only did Carl Jung research archetypes consciously or unconsciously hidden in stories, but we also tell our children stories that coincidentally have a moral. You might just do it as a bedtime story because you got one or two read for you or because you liked them but there's more reason for it. Whether it's teaching children not to take apples from strangers[2] or not to steal from others[3]. Another great example is the book "There's No Such Thing As A Dragon", which is also used by Jordan Peterson to illustrate this point. In this children's book, a dragon representing an issue is ignored within the household. Through the action of ignoring it, it grows bigger and bigger causing trouble all around until the family stops ignoring it and deals with it.  This tells us not to ignore problems and solve them, else they might get worse and blow out of proportion.[4] Those are all children's stories though.

This Is Not Limited To Children Stories

But, this is not limited to those. The bible is another example. It contains a lot of stories, instead of facts and you can learn from all of them. Whether it's questioning morals and decisions or showing what is righteous and what isn't. I would even go further to say this is also the case for animes. Seeing how a person has to struggles against being oppressed and abused in all kinds of ways[5], or people dealing with their own psychological issues.[6] Asking the question of what justice is and how it can be twisted.[7] Showing that you shouldn't rely on your talents too much and that regardless of how weird your quirks are you are like everyone else a human.[8] Things like you should think for yourself.[9] And even the topic of racism.[10] These are all examples of life lessons you can take from these artworks and there are probably many more.

So Keep On Consuming... However

Another thing that can be seen in many stories is to keep a balance and this is the case of the consumption stories as well. So, don't overdo it, make sure you balance your life well and wear the title of a weeb, bookworm, or movie aficionado with a smile and stand proud.

With that all being said, sorry for the lower quality I ran out of time from working on other stuff especially focusing all my writing on the seminar paper. I will be back writing blog posts after this semester. (Probably have to take a break for when I write the bachelor thesis too)
And have a Merry Christmas despite the current situation!

[1] https://dr-stone.fandom.com/wiki/100_Stories and Dr. Stone episode 17

[2] "Snowwhite"

[3] "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J54FMA895OA

[5] "Rising of the Shield Hero"

[6] "Persona 4: The Animation"

[7] "Death Note"

[8] "Mob Psycho 100"

[9] "Psychopass"

[10] "GeGeGe no Kitarou"

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