Porque nada en la vida es blanco o negro, sino una infinita escala de grises
The photo and the quote go so well together. Everyone in the photo seems so bored with life and each other. They are not following the advice of Voltaire. When I was a teacher, teaching writing, I told my students to always embellish on the facts, or they would put the reader to sleep. I know some people who believe that every story must begin with The Creation In the Garden Of Eden and then move forward. Facts may have their place, but rarely do they make a story more interesting. Hugs and Kisses my Friend
Maybe the danger of embellish the facts in some people is to tell lies. Some persons I know embellish the facts in a way that converts the facts in fantasy. A big hug, my friend!
I take your point. My students would often ask if embellishing amounted to lying. We would have to engage in great discussions about the difference. I would use the works of great writers whose life story we knew about, to show the subtle change made for the value of interest. Hemingway and Allenda were great examples of authors whose stories were more interesting by leaving some things out and adding others. I understand if one does the same thing to deceive others for gain, then it is a lie. Perhaps we should all follow the advice of T. S. Elliot who said we should not be able to find the poet in the poem. His writing was elegant and universal because of that idea, and I reread his works often. And yet, Hemingway and Allende and Scott Fitzgerald and so many others allowed themselves to be found in their stories with enough added or taken away to keep me interested enough to reread their work often. I suppose, it all comes down to the motive behind the embellishment. Hugs, Kisses, and interesting stories,