June 23, 2020
You're sitting in a group. You're having a relatively casual conversation about something. Then someone says, "You know what? I think so-and-so is the greatest ever. The GOAT!" An argument ensues, or as I prefer to say, some heated fellowship.
The topic of the GOAT remains a popular one across America. What does it take to the "greatest of all time"? Who can hold such a distinction within his or her respective sport, industry, or profession? Today's episode dives into the narratives surrounding this ancient argument. And perhaps some ways we can be better at defending our position when the topic comes up.
June 19, 2020
The tragic death of George Floyd has reignited conversations about race relations in America. More specifically, it has charged us with evaluating just what is the proper response when we see something wrong. America has several collective consciousnesses. And each acts out according to its worldview. But is there a way we ought to processing these things in the Age of Information? Since we are bombarded with so much everyday, it can be easy to get emotionally riled up.
This episode will discuss some recent examples of injustices we've witnessed and how people have responded to them in this post-COVID lockdown environment.
This episode admittedly bounced around a bit, but landed in the place I was most interested in getting to: which is what we ought to be looking for the most when we see injustice strike and we are only receiving a portion of the story.
May 30, 2020
Shortly after America was birthed, a question came out of a Connecticut church concerning their religious liberty. Troubled that the state might tell them to stop meeting, Thomas Jefferson famously penned a response to the young church, informing them that the freedom to speak and assemble also included the right to assemble as a religious group. From there, the idea of "separation of church and state" was born.
And with it, a host of narratives have emerged around the topic. What does it mean? What was the reasoning behind it? Is it even in the Constitution? This week's Narrative Wars deals with the old saying, "Separation of Church and State" and how it affects us here in America.
Resources mentioned: https://www.breakpoint.org/does-the-separation-of-church-and-state-protect-us-from-religious-ideas/
May 14, 2020
It's been said that every conspiracy has a little bit of truth in it. If that's true, then that would warrant some investigation, wouldn't it? It would require someone to look deeply into these narratives and see if they hold water.
As such, we now have an entire generation that seems heavily invested in fringe thinking and challenging mainstream, acceptable thought. But is this a good thing? Is it wrong to follow all of the bread crumbs? And who tends to get more invested in "conspiracy theories" as it is?
That and more in this week's episode of #TheNarrativeWars.
April 17, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of reactions to surface across the globe. Namely, who to blame and what the chief cause was. Some are saying that this is merely the Earth taking revenge upon us. That we, humans, are the actual virus and must be dealt with accordingly.
But is that a true statement? Or should we look at this recent reckoning from a different angle?
These thoughts were catalyzed by a recent interview with Idris Elba, a British actor who had contracted COVID-19, and was giving a statement to the world about his condition and thoughts on why this was happening.
April 11, 2020
Some time ago, I started a podcast on the power of storytelling. After my feet were good and wet in podcasting, I started doing some episodes called 'The Narrative Wars'. As more time went on, I saw the Narrative Wars coming into its own. I saw topics emerging pertinent to our time. And I saw those episodes as having the potential to stand on their own. And thus, here we are.
This being the inaugural episode, I invite you to take a listen and see if you'd be interested in sticking around. There are narratives all around us. Which are true? Which ones are we supposed to believe? And how do we decide upon what narratives we believe - be it true or not?
This is an invitation into the Narrative Wars!