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A Short Story of the Modern Man’s Comic Tragedy

Over the course of time, man began to believe the messages coming across the screen; incapable of distinguishing between fact and fiction, he found himself believing the most despicable of lies and the most incredible of claims.

 

Failing to notice his weakened condition, he trained himself to believe the screen over his own eyes, even his own experiences. 

Even in the face of the starkest of contradictions, his self-doubt kept him from believing what he had seen with his own eyes; he thus relied on the screen to vindicate, to instruct, and to affirm. 

In his estimation, nothing could yet be true unless it had first appeared on the screen. 

Worshipping it, he failed to realize the differences around him and that life had passed him by. 

For him, the screen was life and everything else was noise. 

The screen told him what to think, what clothes to wear, which car to drive; he gradually left every important decision to the wisdom of the screen, and it was always easier that way. 

He had become obedient, comfortable in making only the safest of decisions where they hadn’t already been made for him. 

In this way, his life had become a comic tragedy where, stripped of everything that made him human, he had accepted that he had only to keep himself entertained to survive the day. 

Without the troubles of thinking for himself, his life and the lives of those around him descended into this tragic comedy whereby nothing was ever taken too seriously for fear of upsetting the mood or questioning the wisdom of the screen. 

By this, life had become a simple affair of a most basic form of survival, whereby silence and obedience prevailed over try-hards diligently applying themselves in pursuit of an honest or meaningful life.

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