LOL – you will note that today is Monday, not Tuesday, the usual day for “TED Talk Tuesday” postings. I wish I could claim I just posted it today to confuse folks, but alas I’m not that clever – I just got my dates mixed up. Whatever the case, enjoy this talk.
Imagine you’re a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.