Are we Ready for a New Story of Humanity?

COVID-19 opened our eyes. Can we keep them open?

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“I think we are losing the capacity to behold them. We see them for sure — our eyes swiftly scan the glow of the computer screen for the bones of the tale, we audition them for whatever contemporary polemic is forefront in our minds, and then we impatiently move on. It is not hard then to suggest that we are fundamentally askew in our approach: we are simply not up to the intelligence of what the story is offering. Our so-called sophistication has our sensual intelligence in a head-lock and is literally squeezing the life out of it.”
- Martin Shaw

The bit that caught my attention in this passage is how we audition the stories we read for whatever polemic is at the forefront of our minds and then impatiently move on. How often do we scan stories online to see if they are in line with what we already believe? If we find they resonate with the narratives of our lives, we read on. If they come from a completely different point of view and we disagree, chances are that we will close the tab. Chances are, indeed, that we will never have opened that tab in the first place. There are after all, so many tabs to open. So many stories to read.

Storytelling | Narrative | Systems Change | Spoken Word | Currently writing a book on storytelling, narrative & systems change | www.alinasiegfried.com/book

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