Cultivate Empathy

Stories are blueprints for the soul. They give us a way to see what our choices might lead to, to explore paths not taken.

G. K. Chesterton

Fiction of all sorts opens the mind to new possibilities.

  • We learn about ourselves between the covers of a book.

  • We explore our attitudes and our beliefs.

  • We are challenged to imagine what our lives would be like in another time, another place.

 

Mysteries, especially in series:

  • Draw the reader into the characters’ lives. We care about our imaginary friends.

  • Show us how to look at a situation from more than one side.

  • Demonstrate how points of view can vary, and still be valid.

  • Make us less likely to leap to conclusions.

  • Encourage us to listen and weigh opposing arguments.