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….