We Are Naturally Born Storytellers
It is one thing to lie to others. It is less understandable how one can knowingly lie to one’s self. White lies, fibbing and even bigger porkies are all part of the social contract. We never say completely what we think because the narrative which runs in our heads, works in advance to bring up all alternative scenarios and consequences and then gives us all the possible options to choose from. So, at work, we agree that our boss’ inane marketing plan is “super”, we always say “No” to the question “does my bum look big in this?” and we never tell our best friend he’s acting like a jerk, when he is.
We also get into the habit of labelling our cowardice and lack of action as “strategic thinking”, always tell ourselves that we did OK “under the circumstances” and actually believe that the diet, training plan, secret work project, novel, we have been planning to start is something we will begin “next week”.
All of these activities are part of the storytelling we do. The narrative we fashion. Now here’s the interesting thing, by mentioning the words ‘narrative’ and ‘storytelling’ we assume that there is some kind of master editor inside our heads who takes bits and pieces of what we see, hear and understand, examines them critically under some self-defined spotlight of criteria, knowingly discards what cannot be used and knowingly puts together what can be used in order to end up with ‘our story’. (Excerpt from The Social Media Mind http://goo.gl/aJLwM2
) +Vic Gundotra
's words that technology, used right, is there to empower us to be more human and more empathetic lies at the very heart of social media and what I like to call "the G+ way".
We have never stopped telling stories, to ourselves, to the world, to each other. But never before had we had the opportunity to tell our stories indirectly, in small doses to so many people, so directly. The connection is as deep as it is insidious. It grows on us before we realise it. Our social animal primal instincts work way before we become conscious of the effects. This is an HOA well worth seeing.
h/t +Karen Hutton