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shared culture and getting our story wrong

the shared culture of a people serves as a lens that shapes the perceptions and behavior of its members in ways both beneficial and destructive. This awareness led me to appreciate the immense range of our human stories and possibilities, the potentially devastating consequences of getting our story wrong, and the benefits of getting it right

We humans live by stories. A shared story is the basis of the ability of any people to live together as an organized society. A society’s ability to organize as a secure and prosperous community depends on the authenticity (validity) of its story. Authentic stories are generally the product of the shared experience of a people and take form through largely unconscious processes extending over generations.

There are also inauthentic sacred stories fabricated to serve the interests of a ruling class at the expense of the rest.