THE MOUNTAIN ( ... to be premiered)
Everybody lies. We lie an average of three times a day. Or at least we are not strictly faithful to the truth, we skip information, we are not completely honest with our neighbors when we meet them in the elevator, we lie to our doctors, we sweeten our thoughts when we speak with our loved ones. And everybody lies to us. Our friends, our brothers, our bosses, our children, our politicians, our enemies, our social network friends. Lies are everywhere, therefore we cannot deny them because denying them would leave us unarmed and vulnerable. We should embrace lies, we should teach lies at school, teach how lies work in order to be able to detect them, to face them and deactivate them. Because if lies exist, truth exists too and therefore we can expect it. Truth, lies. It’s all a matter of how facts and accounts relate, of how faithful and honest a narrative is respect the facts that inspired it. Narratives. So lies, truth, are just storytelling exercises and as any storyteller knows, stories are mostly form and just a little bit of content. And therefore, in front of the same facts, many different stories, truths, can arise. Are they all true? Are they all lies? Does truth really exist? Are lies the only possible thing out there? How we detect lies? And more important, how we detect the truth? There is a widely shared image that runs through the history of ideas since the Greeks: climbing a mountain, with all the sacrifices it implies, all the efforts, the nuisances, in order to get to the summit and see the real thing, and not just shadows or reflections. It is a great image, but we are not sure it is a good one. Anyway, for this project, with a very simple storytelling trick, the truth becomes The Mountain. By the way, Stalin never said anything like that.
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