Stories Are Windows: Why we must engage the narratives around us
By Alex Aili
Stories relay experiences for audiences to enjoy, disregard or even relish. As windows reveal the outside world, so do stories reveal the metaphysical world–or more accurately, the storyteller’s view of the metaphysical world.
Because of the Fall, our view of God and reality itself is fractured and clouded. Like squinting through a cracked and dirty window, we can misconstrue what we see outside. Attempts to clean it with our grubby hands only makes the view worse, resulting in us not even wanting to step outside because we’ve been duped to think it’s really as ugly as it seems.
This is why Christians profess Christ’s story as the ultimate solution: he opened the window, breaking the stale illusion by letting in the fresh breeze and outdoor aroma. The first disciples may have experienced this firsthand taste of God (1 John 1:1-2), but much has happened since 33 AD; the window is closed, cracked and cloudy once again. The best we can do today is clean the glass and fix its cracks to hopefully reclaim a clear view.
The Nature of “Windows”
Like windows, stories tend to leave out many important details in the process of framing the view of life, so it’s up to us, the audience, to process what’s said, what’s not, and what the discrepancies say about the storyteller’s worldview…
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