Power of Story Can Change the World

18 11 2010

Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has done.

We need to sing our epics or lose them. For any nation in any age including here and now, the ultimate war is over competing narratives, conflicting power of story.

Oh sure, the usual ancient stories and myths of course — and here we go fighting about the meaning of Christmas again — but wasn’t the world-changing power of old religious stories most potent in their own real-world time? We don’t call “currency” that for nothing. What are world-changing power of story stories with currency in our time, in this world?

MisEducation humbly suggests she herself may be the first — of whom she in her cloistered library is aware!– to ponder The World of Potter for real school themes rather than Sunday School themes.

. . .I think Rowling’s genius is to see humans as carrying both hope and fear, both good and evil, to see us as magnificent, and animals, and facing new threats of extinction — to realize our ancient songs and stories need to be understood in progressively evolving ways, for anyone to win anything worth living or dying for.

. . . we love movies about learning to define yourself and your own creative power in the world, instead of any organized institution (church or school) conspiring with society to standardize and subjugate individuals, the better to keep them under control . .

Stories like Avatar and the Harry Potter series might seem like unlikely starting points for civic engagement, but they speak a global language, and they stir something in people.

Did you ever wish that Harry Potter was real? Well, it kind of is.

Just as Dumbledore’s Army wakes the world up to Voldemort’s return, works for equal rights of house elves and werewolves, and empowers its members, we:

* Work with partner NGOs in alerting the world to the dangers of global warming, poverty, and genocide.

* Work with our partners for equal rights regardless of race, gender, and sexuality.

* Encourage our members to hone the magic of their creativity in endeavoring to make the world a better place.

Join our army to make the world a safer, more magical place, and let your voice be heard!

Remember whatever your personal world and worldview:

. . .the whole purpose of “education” anywhere, is more and forward and freedom, not less and backward in a box. . .

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19 11 2010
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19 11 2010
Martin Scott

You haven’t said much recently about the kilt-wearing and bagpiping
exploits of ‘Young Son’. Has he moved away from that part of his life?

19 11 2010
JJ

Hey, thanks for the shout-out. Gosh no, he’s been cast in “Scrooge:the Musical” in fact, opening in two weeks in a historic theatre about 25 miles from here. When the music director found out he played the pipes, he wrote in a special section of mournful wailing during the creepy Jacob Marley scene. Young Son will rush up to the balcony where his pipes will be waiting (hopefully unmolested) and play as if from the cosmos or the turret of Edinburgh Castle — and then back down to play Young Master Fezziwig and Peter Cratchit. 🙂

We are off to rehearsal right now, plus all day Saturday,but I’d love to tell y’all more about it after that. 😀

19 11 2010
JJ

Oh and he competed in Grade Four at Stone Mountain last month, first time ever. I’ll try to talk about that too, maybe a new post?

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