Controversial Topics - Fire in the Garden

How to Story

25-04-2023 • 32 min

The thesis of theoretical physicist Leonard Mlodinow’s book Subliminal, is that the “new unconscious” rules our behavior.  People will make major decisions based on the stories they’ve collected even when those decisions are clearly not in their self-interest. They stay in their ideological lane even when it hurts them.  This doesn’t sound very hopeful, does it?

But it does line up with our experience. We can’t understand how people can behave and think the way they do.  It amazes us and we judge them.

This week’s story “Fire in the Garden” is about something controversial. A “hot button” issue that would excite and polarize some of the listenership if I laid it out as an argument. But it is not an argument, it is a story.  And since it is a story, then you will listen to it. This, I believe, is the best and most effective way to get people to listen to your point of view - to tell a story.

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