The Power of Story

Applied ICDBarlow, Susanna. (31 October 2018). The power of story. The Nasiona.

“The collective story of what it means to be human and how we should treat one another is the foundation upon which our cultures, our religions, our rituals, and even our identities are predicated upon. Stories are the bedrock of civilizations and the mortar between societies. While there is much diversity among humans, it is through our shared story that we find mutual understanding and cooperation. It is also through stories that we create wars, incite violence against each other, and isolate ourselves from others’ suffering. Stories bind us to each other, and we can be bonded as easily by hatred as by love through a shared story. And when our hostility, our judgment, and misunderstandings cause us to battle each other, we still end up tethered to one another by the story of that conflict.”

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

2 thoughts on “The Power of Story”

  1. Hi Wendy, If you want to get the full impact of the power ofstory, try this excerpt from a little book by AnnetteSimons:
                           Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every 
                           
    door in the village. Her nakedness frightened people. When 

                            Parable found her, she was huddled in a corner, shivering 

                            and hungry. Taking pity on her, Parable gathered her up 

                            and took her home. There, she dressed Truth in story, warmed 

                            her, and sent her out again. Clothed in story, Truth knocked 

                            again at the villagers’ doors and was readily welcomed into 

                            the people’s houses. They invited her to eat at their table 

                            and warm herself by the fire.  Steven

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