The stories we tell ourselves, this shared mythology, is psychologically what human minds do to understand the world. These stories, or mythologies, can sometimes cloud our belief about what is actually happening and what needs to happen in order to make things balanced again.
Dr. Cornel West is a learned philosopher. For me, he tells stories in their most complete form: with the intention of healing the human psyche by informing the audience about what is actually happening and what needs to happen in order to maker things balanced again. Mr. Coates is a journalist. Dispassionate, to a degree. He holds a belief that our shared story is a tragedy. Coates tells a mythology, if it is incorrect, that interferes with our shared efforts to understand our communities, our culture, and ourselves.
As I perceive West, his concern is that stories that do not inform the human psyche about the active ego and the Self, may ultimately lead to misinformed judgments and bad decisions. West gives me the full arch story of humankind—the story of Gods and Men and the Reconnecting with the One. This is what the human psyche needs for good psychological health and healing. This mythology is an epic human story. It is why we tell stories. This over-arching story, because of it’s deep understanding of all aspects of the truer reality of humanness, often encompasses the other basic story plots, including comedy, rebirth, the quest, and tragedy. West tells the story of who we are: Ego versus Instinct; dismantling the Self versus reconnecting with the Self.
My Christmas wish is that these two gentlemen synergistically write the story of us: Coates’ storytelling skill mashed–up with West’s philosophical wisdom. Then, our efforts to learn about the world and the people in it will be freed from sentimentality, violence, and sensationalism. Healing of hearts and minds can be realized.