Picking a Blog Name, Part Five
(To read Part One, click here)
The old movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn is reputed to have snarled at a screenwriter, “If ya wanna send a message, use Western Union!” And yet so many of the greatest storytellers (novelists, filmmakers, playwrights, songwriters) do send messages.
The key, I think, is that their messages don’t just “sit” on their stories like rodeo riders atop bucking broncos; they move with them, are, in fact, inseparable from them. What would Les Miserables be without its message? Or To Kill a Mockingbird? Or The Color Purple? Or even Toy Story?
Not only can stories deliver a message, I would argue they’re the best way to deliver a message. Because in a well told story listeners not only hear but experience the message. And experience, as the saying goes, is the best teacher. Hence, this blog site’s subtitle is The Power of Story.
But power to do what?
Power to change. Our beliefs. Our commitments. Our actions. Like any powerful tool, Story can be used for good or for bad. In his book Mein Kampf, Hitler used it to speak lies into people’s lives, lies that led to the deaths of millions.
Instead, I will continue, as best as I can, to use the power of story to speak truth into people’s lives (including my own), truth that brings life and purpose, rather than pointlessness and destruction.
I was originally going to call my site Don’t Read This, You’ll Only Encourage Him. On second thought, maybe I should have called it,
Read This, It May Encourage You.