If you want to change the World. Use Storytelling!
Ready! … Set! … Engage!
My pulse is high. My mind feels likes it’s racing. I’ve just finished watching some of my favorite stories on TV. It didn’t always be like this. Granted I have loved being lost in a good story all my life. The suspension of disbelief has always come easy to me. We all have the skill, some more than others. It is what makes us human. I discuss this more in my blog This is your Story.
What have changed lately for me then? What makes me go all out bananas like a child? Story has always cast a spell on me. Then I stared thinking actively about it about a decade ago. After reading the books The Science of Discworld II and Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. My brain started to hum.
NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE….
YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT AREN’T TRUE. HOW ELSE CAN THEY BECOME — Death, Hogfather
Gear up your mind
But now it is even more than just a hum. My brain spins up like a FTL drive ready to jump.
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl — Watcher
Last year I got a whole new gearbox for my mind. This by ”Listening” to audio-books like The Righteous Mind and The Storytelling Animal. These books and lots of other research I have done over the past year has given me even more knowledge about what it means to be human.
With more insight into Storytelling I have stared to engage in my favorite stories like never before. Many of the them leaving me in an exuberant state of mind. Sitting on my toes, feeling like a Ninja about to go on an important mission. And this is when I sit down and write posts like this one.
Be your own Ninja
If you want to burrow a message into a human mind. Work it into a story — Jonathan Gottschall
The next time you are about to engage in a story of any kind or medium. Think about what emotions the story invoke in you? What moral are it trying to teach you? What message is embedded in the story? How does that make you feel? And last but most importantly: What is the meaning of Life?
Storytelling can be used for both bad and good. Using and perceiving it right we can change the World for the better. When our mind is engaged in story we lower our guards and the fantasies slips in.
We are all Stardust
Number One: In all your travels, have you ever seen a star go supernova?
Ellen Tigh: No.
Number One: No? Well, I have. I saw a star explode and send out the building blocks of the Universe. Other stars, other planets and eventually other life. A supernova! Creation itself! I was there. I wanted to see it and be part of the moment. And you know how I perceived one of the most glorious events in the universe? With these ridiculous gelatinous orbs in my skull! With eyes designed to perceive only a tiny fraction of the EM spectrum. With ears designed only to hear vibrations in the air.
Ellen Tigh: The five of us designed you to be as human as possible.
Number One: I don’t want to be human! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays! And I - I want to - I want to smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can’t even express these things properly because I have - I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid limiting spoken language! But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws; and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me. I’m a machine, and I can know much more. I can experience so much more. But I’m trapped in this absurd body. And why?! Because my five creators thought that “God” wanted it that way.
— Battlestar Galactica