by Glen Edward Quiring
Humans tell stories. It seems they always have. It seems they always will.
But we also have this crazy habit; we can fixate on our stories and revere them: characters become heroes or become devils, plot lines become practices, settings become temples.
Story telling is a unique capacity that makes us truly human. It is also perhaps, the one capacity that repeatedly divides us. "My story is better than your, my hero bigger, stronger, more pure."
Perhaps what is needed is a generation of story tellers who will revere not the contents, but the capacity of stories. Storytelling is a gift. And if we let it, this gift can foster unity a midst our diversity. This gift can create rather than destroy, bless rather than curse.
This would take an great act of courage, an act of heroic proportion. Who wants to be a hero?
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