Look around you. We live in a world shaped by “structural stupidity.” Or at least that’s how Jonathan Haidt understands the problem of our “enhanced-virality social networks.”
Hurry now! Act quick! This deal won't last long! That's what a manufactured sense of urgency sounds like, and we all know it works. Despite this disposition, we know that the failure of urgent calls to action is what best explains the state of our global climate today.
Who does the laundry at your house? That's a question that a U.S. Senator asked a woman during her confirmation hearing to serve on the Supreme Court. I think the cringe-response to this exchange between Senator John Kennedy and Justice Amy Coney Barrett crossed party lines.
When we recast the origin story of the United States as an unfinished revolution, we reveal a whole cast of heroes we can rally around. The principles they worked to make real also become more central to understanding the story.
The stories we tell have incredible power. They become a part of how we think; They begin to shape what we stand for. This, of course, is why we fight over them too. We have a shared belief that it's vital to get the story right.