So, it’s almost September. So, I have hardly posted this month. So, life has been a little busy.
Tonight, just a small taste of what’s to come in the next few weeks, a quote:
Nothing exists outside of narrative — Chris Abani
I’ve been mulling over this quote for the past week or so, slowly testing it out. It’s one of those quotes that I read and immediately some emotional response in me shouts, “oh, cool!” but I’m not sure that it’s true. The more I think about it, however, the more I agree. Now, I’m not saying I completely agree yet, but I’m agreeing more and more.
That is, we all ‘buy in’ to certain narratives that give meaning to our lives. As for myself, I buy into the Christian narrative: God created, man turned away, God redeemed man, we participate with God in the redemption of humanity and the earth. Some believe in self-narrative: the world is neither good nor bad, only judged by that which makes me happy and comfortable (I often tend to this view, as well). Some believe in other religious narratives: the stories of Buddha or Muhammad.
Yet, beyond this basic meaning, these narratives frame our decisions, our hopes, even our emotions. The stories that we believe about ourselves and our communities defines us. It causes us to act and feel certain ways.
I’ll stop here. I could go further into this — and probably will in upcoming days — but it’s late and Brooke is getting ready for bed. But I’m back, and still thinking…