Sunday, August 26, 2012

‘Winning the Story Wars’ by Jonah Sachs

Genesis 3:16
"By the beginning of the twentieth century, America's traditional
agrarian life was being challenged by a new dominant force – the
modern city.'
"Compared with life in the growing metropolises, life on the farm was
only a stone's throw from the spot outside of Eden where Adam and Eve
made their homestead after that little misstep in the garden. The
scenario included a father who toiled on the land, ruling over his
small dominion, and his wife as his helpmate. To a society based on
this way of living, Genesis 3:16 provided reasonable story,
explanation, and meaning. Everyone was familiar with it and almost
everyone was living it.'
"But as women found independence from the old order and gained access
to the educational and work opportunities that cities offered, 'thy
desire shall be to thy husband' was no longer a necessity for
survival. In fact, to some of these women, it had stopped making sense
at all. One culture-rocking outcome of this emerging rejection of
Genesis 3:16 was the notion that women should have the right to vote.
The idea that Eve might not agree with Adam on matters of public life
was an 18-kiloton assault on a myth that had gone largely unchallenged
for almost two millennia."
(p. 67, 'Winning the Story Wars: Why those who tell – and live – the
best stories will rule the future' by Jonah Sachs – Harvard)

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