Stories of civilization are stories of individuals. Your story begins with family, and expands your world view thru teachers and relationships. Thus every story begins with your tribe. Each story expands as you encounter the diversity of many tribes. Buddha says “What we think, we become”. It is your tale! This tale applies to everyone within your sphere of existence. Therefore, you deal with your own story, which is impacted by the tale of those who influence your life, your story.
All stories contain many emotions that create struggles, joys, and desires. Each person has fears and dreams. Dreams are threatened by nightmares. Demons that lurk in both a real and perceived environment. This is the source of conflict that can lead to tribalism. You must always keep an open mind, in order to tame the demons, and energize your dreams. This is your search for truth among the noise and distortion of the nightmares.
How do you find the truth? Sengcan advises “If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between ‘for’ and ‘against’ is the mind’s worst disease…”. Marcus Aurelius cautions us that “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” It is your challenge to go beyond yourself to hear other’s stories. When you meet and understand the other stories – you come nearer to truth.