At beginning, when I saw the topic “Should we consider storytelling as the most important way of knowing”, my first thought was no, I don’t even think storytelling is a way of knowing. But after I read the document “Storytelling: Our Most Important Way of Knowing”, I changed my idea. As the beginning of the article says, I thought stories were just things we use to pacify our children, way to kill time. After I read the next sentence, I found out I was totally wrong. According to the article:
The stories we are told, the stories we believe, and the stories we tell—both to ourselves and to each other—shape our view of reality; our ideas of good and bad, right and wrong, normal and strange; our most basic beliefs about what is true, and what is false.
This sentence inspired me, how can we tell a story if we don’t agree to it? When parents are telling bedtime stories to their children, of course they are not going to say the bad guy kills everyone and nobody can caught him. Why? Because they don’t agree to it! In their mind they think or they believe killing is wrong, they don’t want their kid become a murderer in the future. If they want him to be a pilot, they will say things about planes; if they want him to be an astronomer, they will tell him about stories about stars… Parents tell stories that they hope their child can become a men like the character in the story.
Another point that I think storytelling is the most important way of knowing is because people often tell the story that they think is write. In your daily lives, when you heard a story from your best friend, there’s a big chance you will agree to him/her, because you are friends, you have the similar way of knowing. But when you heard a story from a stranger or in the news, you might be thinking is that right? Should I believe him? You don’t know who is that guy and you don’t know what he have been through, the things they tell might be changed by their own. In the news, you don’t know who write the draft for announcer, you can’t tell if they are telling the truth or not. After that, when you are trying to tell a story that you learned from news to someone else, if you don’t like it, you may do some changes on it. This changes are affected by who you are, your culture, your believes, what you have been told when you are young, and even the people around you. There’s a big chance you will change the story to the way that you like.
In conclusion, people tell the story according to their own value, they won’t believe the good stories about the people or things that they hate. They are more likely to trust the good stories about the people or things they like. This is deeply affected by their ways of knowing and will deeply affect their ways of knowing.