The Responsibility We Take on As Storytellers

I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a storyteller, and the importance of this role since the dawn of time. Many quotes come to mind not the least of which include:

History is written by the victors.

But more importantly is the idea that this is fallible and tainted, as everyone should have a voice as a storyteller in our world, not just victors, or those working for the biggest companies, or those who are in a position to tell their tales without adversity. We are all wrong – not because our stories are wrong but because we have only one story to tell when there are many within a huge world of people, places and things. Whatever you think you know is only a tip and perhaps there is an iceberg below…and perhaps there is not.

My stories, my anecdotes, are limited to who I am and what I know. I will advocate not only my own fallibility but as you will see in this TED talk by an amazing woman I have added to my short list of heroes. She knows what the danger is in ascribing to a single story and what it can mean for social aspects…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the danger of ascribing to a single story.

 

 
SO – TO SUM IT UP – THERE IS NO ONE STORY – BUT RATHER EVERYONE IN A PLACE, SPACE AND TIME HAS THEIR OWN ACCOUNT – TO DENY THIS IS NOT ONLY IDIOCY BUT THE KIND OF IGNORANCE THAT SEEDS THE MOST EVIL UNDERPINNINGS OF OUR SOCIETY – RACISM, CLASSISM, SOCIAL STATUS QUO AND MORE….

 

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  • Matt

    Love your blog entry! Sorry we missed you while we were in California. Hugs!

  • Lauren Scime

    Thanks Matt! I thought it was an important point to make that people often forget – and I wanted to share what I think was one of the most riveting and honest TED talks I’ve seen possibly ever while broaching the subject of authorship and participation in creating a tapestry of stories from which truths (or closer to something true and multiperspectival) can emerge. Sorry we missed you guys too – but things are coming along over here and hopefully we’ll be in touch soon!