“We see the world through the story we carry ....
Story can move us to love or hate through the power of words alone. To create the world we want. We need to tell the stories that make that world possible.To make peace possible
Start with a story.”
Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
Politicians have learned an important lesson, one that Christine Baldwin understood well when she wrote the words above! Paint the story you want people to experience and believe and it will reshape the world. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it doesn't have to be true. It only has to be something that we want to be true.
While statistics show that illegal aliens have been apprehended in record numbers recently with lower crime rates, the story that is being told is that we are being overwhelmed and 'invaded.' Inheritance tax becomes the death tax, the expiration of a temporary tax cut for the wealthiest among us inspires the story that one party is forcing a devastating tax hike, which will send us back into a recession and bring about the end of western society as we know it! How do we decide what story to believe?
What story do we need to tell to create a society where peace and social justice are the common threads? I am beginning to think that there is something innately satisfying about outrage and anger rather than peace and love. What do you think... What story do we tell to make the world safe for people, plants and animals?