I saw a puppet show the other day. Afterward, the creator fielded questions from the audience. One guy asked how it was that we could become so attached to the narrative of a puppet, that we could be so emotionally invested? The opening to his response: “it’s all pretend, so there’s no pretending.” He went on to frame this answer as it related to the specifics of puppet performance, saying that the audience, fully aware of the show’s fantasy, either suspends its disbelief or it doesn’t. And if the audience does, it becomes fully immersed and lost in the story. It’s no longer pretend; it’s as real as anything else.
That quote is still eating away at me. He could’ve been asked, “why do we care about living?” and the answer would still fit. I think I love that possibility.