The Stories That We Tell

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What would make a man drive his car into a crowd of people?

We are the product of the stories that we’re told, the stories that we’ve heard, the stories that we’ve believed.

The stories that we believe are not always the ones that are true.

Unfortunately, the stories that we believe are often just the ones that feel true — the ones that give words to our fears and comfort to our shame.

In a world in which the hard facts of a story are becoming increasingly passé, it’s the visceral, emotional pull of the story that ‘matters’.

If the story that you’ve been told, the story you’ve heard, and the story you’ve believed is that some people, countries, and cultures are more superior than others, that something belongs to you and it’s being taken away, that the whole world is against you, and that those people — people unlike you — are less than you, less than human, then you might go from being an innocent baby to a hate-fuelled killer.

It’s the story that matters and it doesn’t take long for a story, planted in the heart of a person, to grow into an operating system.

What are the stories that we tell, the stories that we hear, the stories that we believe?

It doesn’t have to feel ‘obviously’ and ‘overtly’ evil or racist to be literally evil and literally racist.

That’s the thing about stories. We never think the ones that we’ve believed could be wrong or evil or racist – or, at least, we think they’re justified.

Pay attention to the stories.


Hi, I’m Michael and this is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.

This is Dose #70.

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