๐Ÿ‘ A philosopher explains how our addiction to stories keeps us from understanding history

Liked A philosopher explains how our addiction to stories keeps us from understanding history by Angela Chen (The Verge)
historical narratives seduce you into thinking you really understand whatโ€™s going on and why things happened, but most of it is guessing peopleโ€™s motives and their inner thoughts. It allays your curiosity, and youโ€™re satisfied psychologically by the narrative, and it connects the dots so you feel youโ€™re in the shoes of the person whose narrative is being recorded. It has seduced you into a false account, and now you think you understand. The second part is that it effectively prevents you from going on to try to find the right theory and correct account of events. And the third problem, which is the gravest, is that people use narratives because of their tremendous emotional impact to drive human actions, movements, political parties, religions, ideologies. And many movements, like nationalism and intolerant religions, are driven by narrative and are harmful and dangerous for humanity.

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