Humans are dependent on parental help for a large portion of their lifespans compared to other mammals.
This story has many variants, religious and secular, scientific, economic and mystic. It is the story of human centrality, of a species destined to be lord of all it surveys, unconfined by the limits that apply to other, lesser creatures.
What makes this story so dangerous is that, for the most part, we have forgotten that it is a story. Humans have always lived by stories, and those with skill in telling them have been treated with respect and, often, a certain wariness.
With stories, with art, with symbols and layers of meaning, we stalk those elusive aspects of reality that go undreamed of in our philosophy. The storyteller weaves the mysterious into the fabric of life, lacing it with the comic, the tragic, the obscene, making safe paths through dangerous territory.
Yet as the myth of civilisation deepened its grip on our thinking, borrowing the guise of science and reason, we began to deny the role of stories, to dismiss their power as something primitive, childish, outgrown. Religion, that bag of myths and mysteries, birthplace of the theatre, was straightened out into a framework of universal laws and moral account-keeping.
The dream visions of the Middle Ages became the nonsense stories of Victorian childhood. In the age of the novel, stories were no longer the way to approach the deep truths of the world, so much as a way to pass time on a train journey.
It is hard, today, to imagine that the word of a poet was once feared by a king. Yet for all this, our world is still shaped by stories. Through television, film, novels and video games, we may be more thoroughly bombarded with narrative material than any people that ever lived. What is peculiar, however, is the carelessness with which these stories are channelled at us — as entertainment, a distraction from daily life, something to hold our attention to the other side of the ad break.
There is little sense that these things make up the equipment by which we navigate reality.
On the other hand, there are the serious stories told by economists, politicians, geneticists and corporate leaders. These are not presented as stories at all, but as direct accounts of how the world is.
Choose between competing versions, then fight with those who chose differently. The ensuing conflicts play out on early morning radio, in afternoon debates and late night television pundit wars.
And yet, for all the noise, what is striking is how much the opposing sides agree on: So we find ourselves, our ways of telling unbalanced, trapped inside a runaway narrative, headed for the worst kind of encounter with reality.
In such a moment, writers, artists, poets and storytellers of all kinds have a critical role to play. Creativity remains the most uncontrollable of human forces: Words and images can change minds, hearts, even the course of history.
Their makers shape the stories people carry through their lives, unearth old ones and breathe them back to life, add new twists, point to unexpected endings.
It is time to pick up the threads and make the stories new, as they must always be made new, starting from where we are.
Mainstream art in the West has long been about shock; about busting taboos, about Getting Noticed. This has gone on for so long that it has become common to assert that in these ironic, exhausted, post-everything times, there are no taboos left to bust. But there is one.Alfred, Lord Tennyson once said “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”, and I agree.
I think being in love is a part of the journey of life and a very good experience to have, one would regret for not having go through that. The word "love" can have a variety of related but distinct meanings in different contexts. Many other languages use multiple words to express some of the different concepts that in English are denoted as "love"; one example is the plurality of Greek words for "love" which includes agape and eros.
Cultural differences in conceptualizing love thus doubly impede the establishment of a universal. Alfred Lord Tennyson is the person the quote It's better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all is attributed to.
Is it better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all? My answer is an absolute yes. Download. HuffPost Lifestyle.
NEWS US News World News Business Environment Health. We have 3 children. In time maybe I'll feel different but now, 5 months after his death, I don't know if its better to have loved and lost. The pain is so deep and so bad.
'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all. This stanza is to be found in Canto The last two lines are usually taken as offering a meditation on the dissolution of a romantic relationship. However, the lines originally referred to the death of the poet's beloved friend.