Using stories to make sense of Life
"Life is not a dress rehearsal," I once told myself religiously, and it is a habit, an understanding, a belief I would be wise to get back to. Life rolls past us unless we lay claim to it. Unless we invest in it wisely. Live and use it not just for our own individual or family's sake but for our whole species. For the benefit of all the planet's beings.
A friend of mine lives by another motto: "Life is a roller coaster." She seems to see life as having its ups and downs, its scary moments and exhilarations, slow times of clickety-clack climbing, and the fast of rushing earthward. In her story, I have the idea of a lack of control. A resignation. The implicit beliefs that the car will not jump the tracks. That the ride is short and yet cyclical.
I have not asked her directly about her metaphor, her story of life, and perhaps I will. She has said it often; she voices it when unwanted events occur. Whether she is conscious of the way her view, her story of life, plays out in her life or not, it does. But then, that is part of my belief, my story: the idea that what we believe, the stories we use to explain and understand our lives, matter.
Which brings us to LukeyoutheU. This website, its podcasts, essays, and books, is about stories. About how we look at things. How we, how I, how you, dear reader, look at life. Because how we look at things at the least affects how we relate with them. May, potentially, modify, or alter, the things we regard.
I cannot talk effectively about stories without presenting stories and so I do: I present stories which I find useful and good. There are significant and important stories which LyU only tangentially addresses: science, history, economics to name some of the big ones. I believe in science, in history, in studying social systems and making them better. My primary area of interest, and what I have spent much of my life thinking about, is belief. Specifically, belief systems: how we hold our lives together. I think it is by and through the stories we tell ourselves. They are the stories which we believe and are, therefore, real to us. That we act from. Here, in LyU, I speak from the stories I know and have experience with.
If you have made it this far, I invite you to go further. Investigate the website. See, listen if what is inside resonates with you.
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Taken while on a bus trip from Palm Springs to Fullerton, CA. It is an image, in my way of thinking, of Life.