No my dear and long suffering readers, I haven’t suddenly started speaking in tongues. The title of this short but I hope potent missive is in fact a Latin phrase which loosely translates to “suspension of disbelief.”
Being the perspicacious and sagacious human-shaped humans that you are, you are no doubt familiar with the concept of the suspension of disbelief.
To review, for those not acquainted with the idea, the phrase was reportedly coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who opined that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into an otherwise fantastical tale, the reader would be inclined to suspend their critical faculties and accept the implausibility of the story.
For example, if you’ve ever been drawn into a book, television show or film, then you have experienced this phenomenon.
While under the effect of this “suspension of critical faculties,” you will accept (within the context of the story) all types of fantastical and otherwise absurd things:
- There really is a wizard named Harry Potter, and a wizarding school called Hogwart’s.
- There really was an upscale nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco run by a gentleman who looked suspiciously like Humphrey Bogart.
- George Clooney really is an ER surgeon and Denise Richards is a nuclear physicist named Christmas Jones.
- There really are such things as Hipsters, Millennials and the Electoral College.
Twaddle all of it of course, but… the imagination is an amazing thing, nes’t-ce pas?
The point of this explication (and I do have one) is this:
If one can suspend one’s disbelief sufficiently to believe that a group of space rebels can fight an evil empire and be led by a creature who looks very much like a fish (“It’s a trap!”)…
Then surely you can suspend yours long enough to believe that you’re capable of accomplishing ANYTHING you decide to.
And… if you can perform such a daring feat of imagination once, you can do it again. And again.
Suspend your disbelief long enough dear reader, and it gradually becomes… a belief.
From fantasy to reality…