For a long time I have believed in the power of Story. Across all cultures, languages, even religions there are certain themes of Truth that have come down to us in the form of Story. The great themes of literature know not of boundaries.
2 such tales have come my way recently. Last week I had the chance to go see Hugo with the family. Wow, what an incredible movie! I have been enamored of the SteamPunk stuff for some time and this movie not only was named best SteamPunk movie of the year, it tells an incredible story of identity, father wound, hope and love. Best line of the movie: “Hugo Cabret: I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”
Then, this weekend we went to Sacramento to see our friend’s production of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. A truly spectacular production! But, what struck me wasn’t the normal themes you might expect. I was struck, when George’s father dies, that the bank board asks him to take over, not because he had a degree, he gives up that opportunity to run the bank. Rather, it is because they know him, know his character and value that above any amount of education. How are you known? Why don’t we run our country and our organizations this way anymore, rather than as popularity contests?
We have lost our story and our stories and with them much of the wisdom that once we had.
“Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.”