On why we've lost respect for stories and what we could do to reimagine it
I wrote a mystery novel about a guy who gets lost after his wife dies, and then when more death happens around him, he shakes himself awake enough to engage again with the world. He's a pastor, but his way back to life is less about religion, and more about the life-death-renewal cycle that the poetry of religion is sometimes able to point towards. One of the "maps" back to life is actually a "book" he finds, that tells him the story he needs to know. This may be nothing like what you are talking about as the power of story, or it may be something you find interesting. The Book of Answers: A Rev. Thomas Book Mystery. I use the "vehicle" of a mystery story to let the protagonist go on a journey that leads him toward new kind of adult life.
I share this passion for storytelling Latham, and I'm vicariously appreciating your "quest" to discover how and where you can celebrate story, spirituality, and wonder in community with others. Following with interest. Wondering how much you've explored what is available where you live in terms of groups that may be touching on this, only because the things you describe looking for would be very hard to engage in an online format.
Ugh I agree with so much of this! It makes me want to turn off all my screens, curl up on my couch and just go through my fiction list. Can’t wait to see the group of story telling enthusiasts that you put together!
"We’re too busy, with too much to do, to indulge in fantasies." -- such a sad truth. We live in a time of pre-packaged fantasies. People just don't even want to bother with painting a scenario in their own heads that is theirs and theirs only. No, they're ok with fantasizing by proxy. I'm 100% with you on stories and their power on our imagination and, ultimately, our capability to stretch our minds. It's like a muscle, at the end of the day. And for many that muscle is slowly getting to atrophy. Not a pretty picture, sadly.
Enjoyed this article, especially the personal quest to bring stories and connections back into our day and lives. Keep pushing forward those reeds and ideas, they’ll be the raft that Carrie’s you down the river.