Living the Facts Through Imagination

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Constantin Stanislavski teaches how to live the facts which in turn teaches how to discuss the facts. In discussing facts this Rudyard Kipling poem quoted, by Paul Luvera, reminds me of factual areas to cover in a deposition and in trial examination, especially cross examination.  

If we try our case mechanically, without recognizing who we are, where the emotional component lies, and how this effects decision making, we try the case without imagination.  This will translate to the jury as being unreal-nothing more than a wound-up machine, an automation.

According to Stanislavsky, to appreciate the relevant what, why, when, how, where and who we must assimilate the facts so we understand what they stand for, where the emotional component lies, and how this impacts us and the decision making process. To do this we internalize the facts so they become an unbroken series of supposed circumstances which are based on our inner vision. Our inner vision is a combination of the relevant facts and our similar experiences.

This creates a conscious reasoned approach to the facts which we have allowed our imagination to personally live so they come to life for us physically as well as mentally. This allows us to discuss the facts at a personal level that has and shows sincerity, the sincerity of who we are.

Every moment we are in trial, every word we speak then is the result of the right life of our imagination. These inner visions create a corresponding mood that arouses our emotions and in turn the emotions of the jury.

See Stanislavski,  An Actor Prepares -Imagination (Translated by Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood)

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