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Story Pt. 1

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Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

My Inner Geek is alive and well. Last night my friend and I completely geeked out to the Star Wars DVD trilogy. It is the simple things in life you treasure. Friendship, good food, good drink, digitally remastered sound, the Battle of Hoth, etc.

I love the mythology of Star Wars and the circularity of the over-arching story. When you take into account the entire story of all six episodes (I know, I know, III is not out yet) it is really an incredible saga of this Skywalker family. It is an amazing story, bad dialogue aside. And with all myth, all story we should ask, “What does this have to teach us?” As G.K. Chesterton wrote, “Fairy tales are more than true. Not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be defeated.”

A professor of mine once told me, “Great writers [or myths], like God, have important truths to teach us, thunder and lightning. " He went on to point out that if we reach for these lessons before we are ready to catch the lightning we will quickly become a crispy critter.

Ah well, more on this later. I need to get to work, although I doubt I will get to do any coding today. sigh


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