In a previous post, I wrote about different ways we can choose to respond to the crazy, unsettling rate of change that is our new reality.
We can ignore or reject change, but we do this at the peril of becoming irrelevant and increasingly isolated. Irrelevance might be a fine choice if you can afford it. But for those of us who still need to earn a living or who plan on living and interacting in the world for a good, long while, it’s not a smart option.
The other danger is that we flow unthinkingly with the current of change, and find ourselves caught in a rip that carries us so far from the shore of what’s best about life that we can never return. We can already see signs of this in the way our devices and social media control our behaviour and thinking if we let them, and in increasing rates of anxiety, stress and depression.
This is why our stories are so important. Our stories let us define who we are and who we want to be. They let us appreciate and make sense of our past and chart an intentional course into our future. They let us understand our values and what’s most important to us, so that we can make good decisions about the way we use technology as individuals, organisations, and societies. They help us learn from the experiences of others and see the world through their eyes. Our stories connect us to our cultures, to our communities, and to ourselves.
We need our stories to help us create a flourishing future for humanity.