We are told this, over and again. For we are an excessively Yang culture, and our narratives take the same form as our imperatives - expansion, drive, overcoming conflict, seeking resolution. We've developed our societies through force and domination. We tell stories the same way - as if our stories are military or political campaigns - a leading character, a problem to be overcome, a plot that is fulfilled by the end.
Can you imagine what a more womanly, tribal, or Yin story might look like? Perhaps we would see things like ...
Settlement ... a young person who does not run away from home to find herself, but instead gathers together her heritage, memories, and dreams, to establish a homeland within her heart, a place from which she can continue to grow.
Collaboration ... with the whole family helping to solve a problem, or the whole village, in a way which values all voices and acknowledges no man goes truly alone in this world.
Consideration ... since all behaviour is communication, when there is a conflict people listen, and then open a sincere dialogue, and the problem is given what is needed for healing and peace.
Continued growth ... the story does not suggest an ending. The crowning of a king is in no way the resolution for any real story. Marriage is a whole new beginning. The winning of a war does not always lead to peace.
And now can you imagine what our world might come to look like if we regularly told, and heard, stories like that? Perhaps we'd have a different approach to health. A different approach to education, entertainment, international politics. Perhaps we'd stop typecasting people. Perhaps we'd raise our children to gather skills, tools, stories and dreams for their living, rather than marching towards one particular career. And perhaps we'd honour all the people it takes to make one hero.
(Today's photographs were processed using a Kim Klassen texture.)