Stories affect our behavior, provide us with a sense of purpose, and give our struggle meaning.
Revolutions begin with story. Religions are filled with stories.
Stories make us laugh, cry, shout with rage, and sigh with despair.
Sometimes stories affect us without even knowing it.
Kind of like when you walk into a room filled with the fragrance of your favorite food. You weren’t really hungry before, but now you are.
We all have dreams, desires, and aspirations. We all know what it’s like to feel loss and failure. Everyone has fears and insecurities.
Yet, we race through life thinking that everyone else has it better than we do. That nobody else understands our struggles. They have it all figured out and we don’t.
But, if we take a moment to think about it, we have more in common with the 13th century explorer venturing out into the unknown and the 2 million year old cave dweller seeking safety from the outside threat, than we think.
These common themes are what I’m drawn to.
Tales have been spun around the world for thousands of years. Some may explain why it rains or where our food comes from. Others may attempt to define what the stars mean or how we should behave.
Some stories are sacred, featuring shapeshifters and supernatural creatures, while others may exist independent of time or space. But the stories I’ll be exploring here all have one thing in common: they’re intended to influence.
We all want something.
And there’s no better way to get it than through the power of words. – Philip