Where are you in your storytelling?
“The universe is made up of stories, not atoms.”
Human beings are basically story-tellers. We create and tell stories about who we are and what life is. The problem is we believe the stories we tell. It begins when we are children and go through the enculturation process. We learn our words and the symbols they represent. Then we learn to combine our words into sentences that mean something because of their correspondent symbols. And then they become the stories we tell.
We tell so many stories about ourselves, about others, and about the world around us. We are taught stories about ourselves, and we believe them—that we are this or we are that. We are smart or we are stupid. We are tall or we are short. We are thin or we are fat. We are pretty or we are ugly. And they are just stories we tell about ourselves, but we believe they are true.
Then there are the stories we tell about everybody else. They are fat, they are ugly, they are beautiful, they are this, they are that. But they’re just stories that we believe. Nobody ever asked us, when we were young and learning all these stories, if they were true. And so we come to our adulthood full of fictional stories about who we are and what life is. And if we believe our fictional stories we have a fictional experience of life.
Our life experience, for the most part, is in our heads—in our minds—as we automatically and unconsciously regurgitate fictional stories, never questioning, never asking ourselves, is the story I am telling in my mind in this moment true? Where are you in your storytelling?