Where will your story take you ?

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On the evening of January 18, 2012, I drove south on Yonge Street in Toronto, Canada towards the 401 highway. I noticed an intriguing slogan on a billboard for a high rise condominium development. The words on the billboard read:

“Where will your storey take you?”

The use of the word “storey” is what linguists might label as a “homophone”. In Wikipedia, a homophone is defined as:

“A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning.”

I wondered if people in the 21st century are asking:

“Where will your story take you?”

The power of our stories to determine our reality is a theme of David Korten’s book, “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. The final chapter in that inspiring book is titled: “Change the story, change the future”.

On his website, David Korten presents a matrix that compares and contrasts the “Empire Story” with the “Earth Community Story.” It can be found at: http://www.davidkorten.org/story-matrix

When we first arrived at Newtonbrook United Church, Shari and I did a workshop on the topic of Korten’s book, contrasting the “old story”of Empire and domination with the “new story” of an inter-dependent earth community. The current controversy about the Keystone XL and the Northern Gateway pipelines is an example of two stories being in conflict with each other. When I reflect on these controversies, I think that the question for rational people is:

“Where will this story take you?”



“Where will this story take your children and grandchildren?”


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