For the most part, life is a competition. Siblings may fight for parental attention and love. Friends may fight over the same individual. Students may fight to be both the best and the worst in the entire universe, be it small or big. Survival means competition. Human beings are born with their a set of prowess and blemish. Our experiences enhance and denounce each aspect of our lives. At different points in our lives, we are subject to certain triumphs and turbulences. Somehow, knowing that others' may have it worse than we do is a consolation.
|The Bright Side to Being Locked Out|
At the end of the day, bad news sells, so does stories that chronicle how terrible one's life is. Pain is a universal theme that allows readers to identify, sympathize and even root for characters in a book. Seeing others experience bitterness allow us to appreciate our privileges. Knowing that demons can be defeated inspire us to strike our own challenges and overcome them. Yes, pain tells a good story. However, how does this fixation over pain influence society? How does it affect writers and the tales that are told?
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