July 26, 2016

Womankind 9: horse

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What is your narrative? It’s a question that’s difficult to answer, particularly if you’ve never given it much thought. You might like to think of your ‘narrative’ as your story, or that which gives meaning to your life.

The narrative of a novel decides many things; such as how the characters behave and relate to one another; what they say; and finally, their fate. A novel’s narrative also governs the colours, sounds, and themes at play – the dance steps, if you will.

Sometimes by dint of our education and up-bringing we share common narratives. As we discuss on page 68 of this edition, the popular narratives today are Technology, Consumerism, and Economic Utility. Perhaps one – or all – of these narratives dictate the chapters of your life, what you devote your time to, your goals and dreams, what you care about…

Or, perhaps, somehow you’ve escaped the powerful narratives of the day, and you’ve writ-ten your own story. Perhaps you’ve found meaning in other narratives – such as the environment, or other social causes – and you’ve learnt to fight for what you believe in, not because you were taught it at school but because deep down it somehow matters.

As German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “If we have our own why in life, we shall get along with almost any how.”

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