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Storytelling in a Modern World We humans are all storytellers or story-listeners or both Thats a crucial element of our humanity Passing down the generations constantly changing under the pressure of altering circumstances stories link humanity together in chains of narrative Odysseus sets out on the wine-dark sea fights ferocious monsters endures endless hardships and eventually finds his way home and so does Tim OBrien in The Things They Carried and so do many thousands of other heroes conceived in the 2900 years between Odysseus and OBrien Storytelling has been since the earliest times the way people have ordered their reality It is the fundamental use of language that which creates and defines reality As James Baldwin said in his essay If Black Language Isnt a Language Then Tell Me What Is People evolve a language in order to describe and thus control their circumstances or in order not to be submerged by a reality that they cannot articulate What joins all languages and all men sic is the necessity to confront life in order not inconceivably to outwit death 37 Baldwins understanding of the use of language can be extended to the purpose of storytelling By telling a story not only do we create reality we defeat death This concept of stories as constructing reality is not unique to Baldwin In Narrative Means To Therapeutic Ends by Michael White and David Epston the same ideas of storytelling are enumerated In striving to make sense of life persons face the task of arranging their experiences of events in sequences across time in such a way as to arrive at a coherent account of themselves and the world around them This account can be referred to as a story 47 Ours has been the storytelling century never before have so many of us had the chance to absorb so many stories Earlier centuries heard stories face-to-face figured them out from pictures
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