“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” — Ecclesiastes 9:11
Among the many tired banalities that get trotted out about art and aesthetics, this is one of my least favorite. I used the Bible, but you can find many powerful, elegant examples of artists and authors telling instead of showing, across different mediums and genres. For example, Shakespeare goes around telling instead of showing constantly. Yes, I get the genesis of the advice, but like so much of what’s out there, it’s become more destructive than the problems it was originally meant to avoid.
(I hope this is the first in a series of I refute it thus!)