Part of Wordography’s POWER OF WORDS-POWER IN YOU series.
For a long time (4,170 years), men who read only one book have been strict about the stories they would authorize to be told. Stories had to approved, word by word, with each translation anew, before storytellers were told to tell them at school.
There weren’t many alternatives to doing as you’re told (thinking your own thoughts could get you tied to a stake and wood piled around you, but everybody knows that stuff), so the old men had the power.
Now, thanks to interest in the past and the internet, the men who read only one book sometimes have no idea who is even writing a story, let alone what it’s about.
The shift has gone from as many pasts as there are stories, to as many pasts as there are Earths. By the latest count, that number is one.
At the same time, the shift has gone from a few stories in secret chambers to more stories than waves on the ocean. These days, asking who needs another story is like asking who needs another wave.
Well, surfers do.
It’s possible to stand up and insist on a better story, one that makes sense [Hint: the story of words].
The whole world doesn’t have to look like old men want you to. An old man myself, who knows better than I? 🙂