This is a term and concept that has become commonplace. Narrative. I started thinking recently about exactly what that was, and wondered if it had any power and if so, what was that power applied to.
I’m talking about the stories told about current events (whatever they may be, no one in particular). Since when do we get a choice in that? Is that a wonderful thing that we are being given options about which perspective to take? Isn’t it even better that we can even add our own unique voice, experience and perspective to this story? That many narratives can run concurrently without degrading another? Or do they degrade one another, and if so, do they have to?
Also, how powerful is narrative? What impact does it have on the near future? The distant future? Is “what is happening” open for discussion? If I call something “Healing” instead of “War”, does that change anything? Can we form reality with words in that way? Is that alchemy or delusion?
I used to like this term, before this past half decade or so. lol.
Those are really complex questions. The first thing I thought of was that saying (paraphrase), He who is victorious is he who writes history. So regarding who gets a choice in that, in the past at least, the choice has rested with whatever side wins.
I think we can form reality that way, but it's a power I'm not sure humans wouldn't abuse, even with good intentions (I've been thinking a lot about powerful tools, that might be too powerful for humans).
For example, I think the terrorists on 9/11 might call their actions "healing" for their people. I think nearly every American would use a much different word.
Thank you. I know there’s not a lot of context in my original post. I was trying to not get into other issues, so it’s really abstract.
I think it’s already been abused though. From the beginning of time probably. I think if the terrorists had called it healing, that’s exactly what it would have been. If that was the direction their minds had looked in, if thats the principle they had honored in their planning, it would’ve played out differently. You know them by their fruits, I guess.
The winners write the history books. I was thinking about that too.
It just seems to me that reality is so fluid. That it will fit into whatever shape it’s given. And the story offers that structure. Im not saying it’s easy to do, there’s lots of stimuli, but I’ve noticed that my experience will often match my deepest expectations. The narrative offers expectation. Im talking about each individual having power over that for themselves.
Also, how powerful is narrative?
It's very powerful, it can create your reality. It can brainwash people.
Agree! Propaganda/narrative. Neptune in Pisces. How do we parse all this shit?
It's odd, because although one can attempt to create their narrative, it, the narrative, can still be changed, edited.
I believe that there is freedom in not being caught in one's narrative, but just living truthfully and being vulnerable, etc.
I'm also reminded of Edward Bernay's, the nephew of Freud. This goes more so into the topic of manipulation of what one sees and does due to the psychological tactics employed through advertising, coupled with business sales and more. He is called the "godfather of propaganda" for a good reason. Involved with the United Fruit Company and more that created a coup de ta in numerous countries so that American businesses and the government could seize resources.