Any Experience that Touches You Is Good

Any experience that touches you, in any particular way, is good. It can be a horrible experience. I saw a car crash when I was fifteen here in Los Angeles and five people died as a result of it. I arrived at the scene within twenty seconds of hearing the collision. It was the worst mistake I ever made in my life. I didn’t know what I was running into. People had been horribly mangled and decapitated. So for months after, I was shaken. It’s probably the reason I never learned to drive. I was terrified of automobiles for a long time after that but I turned it into a short story called “The Crowd” six or seven years later….  So out of this horror—this really terrible event—you take something that has taught you a certain kind of fear and you pass on to others and say, “This is what the car can do.”

RAY BRADBURY

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