Real or Imaginary

What is real? I know, it brings on the existential questions and thoughts of our existence. But, the truth is, I am looking at it as a use of metaphor. A metaphor is the strongest element is storytelling. Using it can make others see their own truth. But, it isn't always easy. As I always discuss to my students, the best fantasy and science fiction is filled with metaphor. It it were all shooting laser beams and flying ships it would be a waste of time. Well, it still might be fun to watch, but it wouldn't be something that matters or that will last. Start Trek is a great example. When it began it was about how society needed to learn ideas and thoughts through their experience as they viewed the metaphor of who and what they were on the show. More specifically, if a person were prejudice then watching the episode that has to people with opposite sides of their faces black and white might reveal the ridiculousness of being prejudice based on the color of skin. Now, I view all this as a true connection to R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) that I'm directing. I am seeing the metaphors filling the pages and the stage as I direct it. Yet, it was written almost a hundred years ago. Metaphor is stronger than reality. I look forward to seeing more what I can find in the metaphors of the play.