STORIES CHANGE THINGS

 

100,000 years or so ago we were just another type of animal making no greater mark on this blue planet than the next. Now we have skyscrapers, planes, satellites, near-instant global communication, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

Now we utterly dominate our planet. 

 

One of the best explanations for what changed is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. The top line is that we learnt how to communicate and collaborate. We started telling each other stories.

 

Stories about monsters to avoid. Stories about heroes. Stories about enemies, friends, families, good, evil, life, love, god and consciousness.

 

Those stories gave us power. 

 

Power that’s been totally abused.