“The World Is In Utter Darkness Without Stories” Once and Future Myth.. Phil Cousineau
I am reading this book now, and it is marvellous. The full title is ‘Once & Future Myth:The Power of Ancient Storytelling”.
Overtime I would pass this phrase, Hira Singh would come up to me and tap me smartly on the shoulder, and look at me with a glint in his eyes. He does not want me to add too much of my own balderdash into this post, but just post a few excerpts from that section to highlight this section.
However, I am me, and can’t always keep my mouth shut. So, I will stick my oar in, just a bit. But, not too much.
When I was in the corporate world, I used to fall asleep while listening to presentations. The Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly also put me to sleep. A corporate friend of mine -now a professor in Australia – criticised my writing, saying it is too much like storytelling.
“We need the courage of the heartbroken man at the top of the mountain to turn and go back down and turn his sorrow into joy. We need to hear the music he heard. We need his stories.”
Stories transform us. They are the stuff of which we are made.
“We are like the wandering Aesop…. There is only one way to survive his never-ending travels, and that is to transform everything he sees into a story so soul-satisfying for his hosts that they will gladly feed him and give him a bed. So, he learns to turn the enigmas of the day into the fables of the night.”
Stories, well told, bring magic back into our lives.
“Some strangers just bring news and gossip from down the road; the storyteller dares to bring more.”
Stories connect us to each other, to ourselves, and to the world we inhabit.
Transport yourselves to a fireside under the starry night, and listen to the stories from the past. Listen to the stories of the earth, and to those that bind us to the stars above.