In a recent office discussion, the topic of casinos came up. Before long stories were flying all over the place of people who have either won or lost a fortune.
This got me thinking.
Most people hear about casinos before they ever step foot in them, and most people set foot in them simply because they heard a story.
Someone won. They went in against the odds, and won.
This is basic storytelling! You’ve got someone that wants something and an entity that falls in direct opposition to that. That’s classic protagonist (the someone) versus antagonist (the house). Classic conflict. Classic story. Every story.
The Matrix, Divergent, Harry Potter, Star Wars…
What’s crazy is that it’s entirely possible for someone to walk into a casino and throw their savings away just because they heard a story. Just because they wanted the chance to be the victorious protagonist in their own.
Turning on a different light, I think that this concept can be extended to quite a bit of life as stories deeply affect our world view. We form opinions based on stories. We form convictions based on stories. Racism, prejudice, judgment, and even faith are all based on stories.
So what matters here, and the challenge for today’s post, is to look at the credibility of the stories that form the underpinnings of your life.
Is any part of what you believe about the opposite gender based on a story?
Is any part of what you believe about the opposite political party based on a story?
Is any part of what you believe about a race that is different than yours based on a story?
Is any part of what you believe about where you go when you die based on a story?
If so, then think about the storyteller. Was it the media? A friend? A teacher?
Do you trust them?
Or, are you just betting on a story?