How do we Understand our own Story?

Last time I briefly mentioned that we need to write the story of our generation, a Hero generation, a “faceless generation”. You may be wondering how to rewrite the story of a generation without fully comprehending what that story is. I have looked into this briefly, but now I’ll explore it a little more.

So what is the Story of our generation?

Until we know what the story of our generation is we can’t begin to understand what to do with it. I would suggest, as I have previously suggested, that the story of our generation is one that keeps us hidden from the rest of the world. It’s a story of safety. It’s a story of being protected and therefore trying everything to keep ourselves protected. It’s a story of keyboard warriors, but it’s also a story of people striving to make a change. It’s a story which is already a great story, but it could be greater. At this moment I direct you to some of my earlier posts on individual development to better write our personal stories, and then community development to better write the stories of our community and finally the world.

Understanding our Story

Until we understand our own personal stories, then how can we understand the story of a generation? Until we understand who we are, then how can we help others understand who they are. We can change the world for the better, but not until we realize that change generally starts with ourselves. Once we know where our stories come from then we can see where we need to change.

Identity is crucial

So this all boils down to your identity (which I have mentioned a few times before). The identity of a generation is closely linked to the identities of those within the generation. I suppose this idea of identity feeds into a lot of other concepts which we could never consider unless we know who we are.

To rewrite the stories of our generation then we must understand our own stories and where we come from.

“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”
Lao Tzu

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