Stories and (Hi)stories: Craft or Crafty?

Picture of a child’s graffiti on a wall in Cancun.* 

Every culture, it’s mythology, countries and their people, evolved over time and contributed to the growth of our civilizations, irrespective of what recorded (hi)stories tell us. Moreover, people moved from one place to another, changing languages and stories, in tune with their developing perspectives. The result is a multitude of books, records, and evidence to showcase our talents.

A sad trend that has been noticed in the last half of a century that I’ve been (t)reading this planet, these books are tending to focus on pumping up individual countries’ strengths and unfortunately, hide their weaknesses.

For competitive reasons, many tend to show their own accomplishments alone, in a powerful light. Our definitions of which, have evolved from hunting for food to fighting for land, to putting our name on a document, book, or a machine patent. And as of the twentieth century, for some reason, we are happy to measure the level of accomplishment in terms of currency and power.

The stories we tell our children or have them read in schools are either out of habit, ignorance, books, or sometimes, a culture emphasizing righteousness. With all this global publishing and copyrighting, we have managed to bring stories from all parts of the world to paper. Interesting to note that our names, through research or even payment, are on a book, machine, a design, wall, tree, or even the stars we sing to our children about!

Take a peek into what we are leaving behind for our next generations.*

Sometimes, I wonder, is it not possible in our modern times, to give facts to the next generation of global minds? They might develop a stronger, definitely a more practical world view of peaceful co-existence, through correct information, or, as they say, (hi)stories.

Facts about history, wars, boundaries, leaders, and other cultures need to be presented straight and simple. Dumbing down or heightening the significance of information, causes to disappoint children, when they find out otherwise. The best stories or art, came from people living simple, visible lives. And it’s relevance is evident through the exploring of why certain locations are promoted for travel and the choice of activities, money is spent on. If done right on home ground, people don’t have to go that far in search of simply-city.

Encouraging, but at the same time strange, it is to see all this purposeful educating. Strange because, along with our physical world getting perceptively smaller, so is our worldview.



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