Great story tellers would save the world

How bloggers might prevent the extinction of humanity.

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Let's start on a positive note: we are on the verge of an age of extinction of humanity.

That is at least what would happen if we continue treating information the way we do or more precisely let it treat us the way it does.

What most news medias would lead you to believe is that the world is messed up, confusing, irrational, impossible to make sens of place.
This is most of the time, not a conscious, voluntary did put it place to manipulate.
Even if, many political forces are quite queen on using this strategy to keep the status quo. Bringing an overflowing contradictory, unexplained flow of news is even more effective into keeping the global feeling of powerlessness than to censure information.

So why does the world looks so chaotic?

Well, imagine going to the restaurant and being presented with a plate of raw vegetables, legumes and whatever other ingredients are needed for the dish you ordered, then when asking the waiter what is that all about, he would explain that the Chef does not want to be accused of presenting hos vision of the dish to you so he gives you just the separate ingredients, you should do the cooking.This is what most modern journalists are doing, censoring themselves in fear of being accused of being partisans of an idea, having an agenda.
So you get presented with an endless list of facts (even if we assume that they are all true) and you are asked to make sens of all of them!

That might have worked with news that could have concerned you in the pre-industrial world, when the social sentiment of the nearby city or at most your nation was the most influential and relevant information you needed to make a decision on you future, business or way of making sens of your world.

Well it is no longer the case. Distant geographically or buried in history events can impact your life as the world of today is so interconnected.
So yes, I do indeed want the journalists I chose to read to digest them for me, I do want them to have an agenda and put facts in perspective and context as I could not possibly be an expert in history, geopolitics, art and science all together.

But that is not all. What we importantly fail to learn from the news we read and hear, is the story around, the circumstances, the background.

This is where the power of story telling comes in action, like a superhero to the rescue!
All great movies or pieces of literature have a character that is deeply flowed or distorted in some way, he or she has often a hard or tragic back-story. Even villains often attract our empathy because of the humanity of their suffering that we acknowledge through a great story telling.

So to avoid feeling disconnected from the daily news, we need more than facts, raw ingredients. We need to feel the pain or joy of those involved, to walk in their shoes, learn their lives and see their faces.

This gradual build of empathy and not sympathy, pity, puts us in the front seat of the story, we identify as one of them.
Watching a movie, we are not seeing actors playing, we are seeing ourselves and imagining how we would react, we feel the joy and sorrow, the injustices of these virtual characters because a great story teller drove us there, in that state of immersion, total empathy and union with the characters.

If we are able to do so with fantasy characters, why not with real people? If we allow stories to get to us we might figure out that we are not alone in our struggles, gain a sens of community and understand our world in a far better way than we do today.

There are no Orcs and Elves, the good and the bad ones, we do not live in an heroic fantasy land, in our world we are all humans.