Narratives are stories. They are the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, about others, about our experiences and the world around us. We make sense of our lives through our stories. They’re especially powerful for helping us understand things we don’t think should have happened, such as a job loss, the death of a loved one or the election of a politician we disagree with. Narratives are all around us. We all play parts in our own story, generally without being aware of the story’s plot or the other players. Narratives Are like the air that we breathe. But not all the stories we tell ourselves are true. We may leave things out, ignore evidence and data, attribute feelings and emotions to others that aren’t real, identify a pattern where none exists. These are false narratives and they impede flourishing.

A false narrative can be that little voice in your head. It’s the voice that says, “Look how big his apartment is! He’s clearly doing better than I am. My apartment doesn’t seem so fabulous in comparison.” It’s the voice that says, “If only I get that next promotion, then I’ll finally be happy.” But we don’t flourish thanks to our achievements, the size of our bank accounts, or our important job titles. There’s nothing wrong with having or wanting any of those things, but we’ve been brainwashed to believe those things make us happy. In addition, as we grow, we start to live our lives compulsively, driven by false narratives that lead us astray from our core purpose, which we believe to be loving, learning and playing. When we were children there were likely few barriers to LLP. But as we grow into adulthood, our socially constructed selves take over and we encounter obstacles. Our instinctual longing for LLP may be replaced or obscured by negativity, self-consciousness, various unconscious biases and false narratives. The LLP Mindset reconnects us to those longings.

Quotes

Seneca
Roman Stoic Philosopher
False Narratives

"You act like mortals in all that you fear, and like immortals in all that you desire.”

George Orwell
Author
False Narratives

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

Jim Carrey
Actor
False Narratives

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

Frederick Douglas
Former Slave, Author, Speaker, Activist, Inspirational Figure
False Narratives

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Jacqueline Novogratz
Entrepreneur and Author
False Narratives

"For too long, our world has been consumed by defining success as money, power, and fame. At the essence of moral revolution lies the requirement to redefine success away from how much money we have to one based on the lives we’ve positively touched."

Joan Didion
American writer
False Narratives

“We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely[...]by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the 'ideas' with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria — which is our actual experience.”