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Today’s Question by the reader : Manuel

Author: Paulo Coelho

In your writing, how do you cope with the relationship between reality and fantasy?

I don’t distinguish reality from fantasy because I think that reality encompass emotion, faith, fears… All these things we carry in our soul are certainly invisible to the eye – but not the heart.

We all know when we are sad, happy, nostalgic or enthusiastic. This emotional input then touches all the material things we do. In our work for instance this is obvious. It is impossible to perform a good work when we are down – and the opposite is equally true.

Furthermore, fantasy is not made up of unsubstantial dreams, fruitless desires. Fantasy is what feeds the imagination, is what drives us beyond what others may consider to be the limits.
Fantasy is then constantly feeding the real world and this is why I believe that reality is the greatest mystery.

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