There is a lot of fear in the world these days. More lately. Much more. Story can help.
Stories ask us to slow down and take stock. Twitter, screaming headlines and clickbait encourage us to do the opposite. And sheesh, that’s a strategy that plays into Mother Nature — our biology. We don’t respond to bumper stickers and soundbites because we’ve been dumbed down; we respond to them because we evolved to live in a much simpler world than the one we find ourselves trying to navigate. In other words, for eons we honed the ability to respond to “Lion, RUN!” the better to avoid becoming lunch. Because back then what you saw really was what you got. The point is: it’s damn hard to undo all that fine-tuned (and previously life saving) wiring.
So how do we uncouple our urge to react to the first thing we hear? By taking a deep breath and searching for the real story. Story is our superpower. By digging beneath the surface action, the statement, the apparent “truth,” story often unearths something very different.
Story questions everything. The surface explanation. Authority. The “official” response. Decorum. Euphemisms. The cover up.
It’s the job of story to rip that cover off, and expose what’s really happening, why and what it means — and that is almost always different from what it looks like from the surface.
Let me give you two examples. [Read more…]