The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
We live in stories [like fish] in water, breathing them in and out, buoyed [and sustained, but rarely conscious of them. They] nurture and guide us. . . make it possible for us to be human.
Everything begins with a story.
Humans are hard-wired to make sense of our experience by telling stories. This happened, then this, then that
Your cinematic mind plays scenes whose contents shape your life. You really do live the stories you tell yourself.
You might not read fairytales, but narratives—as simple as I’m hungry or as complex as E=mc²—still permeate your life.
Stories are everywhere.
Beyond movies, novels, and urban legends, there are commercials, textbooks, awards, news, and legislation.
Corporate branding, political campaigns, religious doctrines, and military recruiting material are well-crafted stories with powerful engines.
Tweets, chats, profiles, gossip, and jokes manifest stories. So do photos, conversations, and memories. Clothing, hairstyles, and gestures speak volumes.
Everything you know is a story. Everything you think, hope, and fear is a story. Your self-image is a story.
Your life is a story.
Family, friends, teachers, neighbors, celebrities, heroes, politicians, religious leaders, and profit-driven strangers begin molding you during childhood.
Some stories they tell on purpose: wash your hands, don’t touch the stove, say please and thank you, don’t talk to strangers.
Some stories they tell by accident: smoke, drink, or eat to relieve stress; be like other children; do as I say, not as I do.
Accounts grow familiar. We reflect and repeat what we learn from others, who reflect and repeat what others taught them. We tend to limit our understanding to the reality we grew up with, including our place in it.
As fewer sources provide more of our media, goods, and services, stories shrink in number and variety. Those that remain become overexposed.
Humans need diverse, nutritious stories like we need clean water and air. The fresher and more abundant the better. Do you test your tales for toxins? Inspect sources, confirm contents? When’s the last time you checked your filters? Minimize middlemen and your options multiply.
The world is brimming with untold choices.