Chekhov’s Gun

“Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it’s not going to be fired, it shouldn’t be hanging there.” —  Anton Chekhov

Another way of saying,

‘get rid of what isn’t necessary and just acts as a filler.’

If our lives are but stories being observed by an omniscient entity or at the worst case scenario just the NSA (lol) … which parts of our lives actually actively contribute to our story and which don’t if we apply the Chekhov’s gun principle to it?

 

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