This is an excerpt from The Oat Project, from the rock concert chapter. It may or may not make the final version (coming this summer!!!). Enjoy…and now, back to it.

It’s like World Wide Wrestling. What is that fake-fighting impulse? Do we all have it in one form or another? Like the forest needs fire to burn out the brush to make room for new growth, does conflagration help our lives grow? Do relationships need flare-ups? Do authentic people show their fiery moods? Does being “adult” and “mature” and “consistent” actually squelch authentic life, dumbing us down, allowing us to hide, curtailing growth? Might allowing a little more “drama” (however intensely I hate it), even when slightly manufactured, lead us to more authenticity?

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