experience may be the great teacher,
never hurts to broaden our minds in preparation for understanding it
when we finally get it! People
have always used stories to pass on their collected wisdom--whether
told around the campfire, drawn on a cave wall, sung by a traveling
bard, or transmitted in flickering light and shadow on a large white
movie screen. Telling stories will always be a vital way we identify
our values, celebrate our loves and passions, and explore our strengths
through the labyrinth
Information Age is accentuating an important challenge for our global
community: each of us will need great discernment to deal with the huge
amounts of information pouring in. Can you distinguish the truth from
a lie or a half-truth? Do you understand the differences between reality
and fantasy, fact-based and factual, truth and Truth? Do you recognize
bias when you see it, even in the service of a worthy cause? Can you
determine someone's motive in communicating? What's the author or speaker's
purpose and intent? Recently, you may have noticed a growing number
of public figures, best-selling writers, and even journalists and scientists
who have lied for various reasons.
sophisticated readers and tellers of stories can help us develop our
ability to identify underlying messages. In reading stories, we learn
to think more symbolically, to interpret, and to be less linear in our
thinking. Learning to understand an author's intention or a narrator's
viewpoint prepares us for the many messages we will receive as global
citizens. And stories, whether we read them or tell them, have much
to teach us not only about ourselves but also about the differences
between information, knowledge, and wisdom.
the Lyricalworks site,
focus on offering stories with psychological, spiritual, and symbolic
content. This includes myths, folktales, fables, and the best children's
stories. What can we learn from these stories about human nature and
human relations? What do they say about human consciousness and our
capacity to grow and understand?
offer multicultural stories so that we can draw upon the combined wisdom
and viewpoints of our many societies.You may have been fortunate enough
to be born in a family or country whose values you totally agree with,
but if you were not so fortunate, allow your acquaintance with stories
in their many forms to show you that you are not alone. There is so
much to learn.
the roads you travel
and many are the tales to be told.
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