Narayan Dario Q3 How Do Stories Tell Us Who We Are (Edited Again)
The presentation that Dario and I have created addressing the Essential Question, "How do stories tell us who we are?"
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Narayan Dario Q3 How Do Stories Tell Us Who We Are (Edited Again)
Answering “How do stories tell us who we are?”<br />By Dario Rainone and Narayan El<br />
What are we talking about?<br />What is a story?<br />To whom are we referring? "Us" as each individual or "us" as a collective group of people? <br />
We are talking about…<br />A story is a narration of something that may or may not have happened.<br />Different types of stories exist.<br />Individual and collectivity<br />
How do we relate to stories through our lives?<br />Our lives are constructed from real events and products of our imagination. <br />Stories do not simply tell us who we are; stories are us.<br />We are naturally vulnerable and ingenuous to their influence.<br />
The single story<br />It is a unique version of a story<br />It shows people as one thing,<br /> over and over again, until they<br /> become that thing.<br />Example: Africans (Chimamanda Adichie) <br />
Origins of the single story<br />How does the phenomenon of the single story occur?<br />Stories are dependent on power, the ability to make a story the definitive story. <br />Cultural and economic power to influence and to spread information. <br />
Consequences of the single story<br />Stereotypes, assumptions that are not always untrue, but incomplete.<br />It makes the recognition of our equal humanity difficult.<br />
What happens when it highlights the positive aspects?<br />It makes recognition of ourunequal humanity difficult.<br />Example: Italians<br />
How do single stories tell us who we are?<br />Misinformation perpetuates a single story of the world.<br />Causes hostility and undermines cooperative relations among people.<br />
The Myth <br /><ul><li>It is a story with purpose.
Has been around as </li></ul> long as time itself. <br /><ul><li>It is an expression of the human psyche.</li></li></ul><li>How do we recognize a myth? <br /> A myth must be:<br /><ul><li>A story from the distant past with no witnesses.
Of unknown authorship and out of the ordinary, supernatural.</li></li></ul><li>Wait, There’s More Than One Type of Myth? <br />Creation: explanation of the origins of everything that exists.<br />Monomyth: basically a synonym of the hero’s journey. <br />
Ritual myth: its purpose is to explain religious and veneration practices.<br />Eschatological: prediction of the catastrophic end of the world.<br />
What do myths do? <br />Form the basis for religion.<br />Represent an alternative to science.<br />Represent a collective unconsciousness we are all connected in (Carl Jung). <br />
Why would and would we not hold on to myths? <br />Myths provide reasoning where there would otherwise be virtually none. <br />Our fear pushes us to repudiate myths and attempt to explain creation through reason.<br />
How do myths tell us who we are? <br />They tell us how and why we are here.<br />They can pre-establish the way we face the future.<br />They symbolize us as one collective unconsciousness.<br />Myths help shape our our values and truths. <br />
How do stories tell us who we are?<br /> Stories are the foundations of who we are and everything that encompasses our being. <br />