Monday, September 27, 2010

The Power of Stories

This story speaks for itself.

Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village.  Her nakedness frightened the people.  When Parable found her she was huddled in a corner, shivering and hungry.  Taking pity on her, Parable gathered her up and took her home.  There, she dressed Truth in story, warmed her and sent her out again.  Clothed in story, Truth knocked again at the villagers' door and was readily welcomed into the people's houses.  They invited her to eat at their table and warm herself by their fire. 
Jewsish Teaching Story, from The Story Factor by Annette Simmons

Story has power.  To influence, to mentally imprint something.  Connects to the unconscious.  Conversely, abstracts concepts, even if they are true, are weak because of their abstraction.

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