Stories are us

Our stories are not only bigger than the components (the characters, the plots, the timelines, the facts and the evidences) – often there is no relationship between the stories and the components.

In accidents (and in life), we are so quick at creating stories. The good and the bad; the sacred and the profane; the compliant and the non-compliant; and the lions and the rabbits.

And the rest of time (and resources) is devoted to perfecting our stories.

This image shows the limits of reasoning, a search for cause and a quest for objective truth in our stories. One only needs to turn the image upside down or tilt it sideways and it will have a different meaning or perhaps none.

What makes for a good story?

Coherence – how well the components hold together? (internal validity, glue)

Persuasion – how we persuade others? (credibility, skill)

Resonance – how the story resonates with the audiences? (culture, myth, belief, paradigm)

Do we question the hidden beliefs in our stories?

Do we care to revisit our stories?

Do we care to ask others what they think of our stories?

Our stories are not objective. Our stories are part-truth, incomplete, subjective and biased.

Our stories are us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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