that. Now myself, I’m not atheist. Not likely I’d be convinced to be (agnostic works for me) BUT if I was gonna consider it, that’s the functional narrative.
I think that’s been my main point overall. Dysfunctional narratives lead to dysfunctional results. Yours is not a dysfunctional narrative.
With a decent set of functional narratives between ideologies, bridge-building is possible.
Of course this language sounds strange to people who don’t talk like this. As a translation:
Functional narrative: This is a story that is believable and convincing and sounds true and genuine.
Dysfunctional narrative: This is a story that sounds strange, contrived, artificial and full of rhetoric.
My definitions. I know some stories I tell are likely dysfunctional narratives and others are functional narratives.
(When I say “stories” I don’t mean fictions. That’s why I sometimes use the word narrative instead)
I’m working personally on creating more functional narratives and less dysfunctional narratives. Dysfunctional narratives contain hyperbole, drama, exaggeration, a sense of urgency and… oh, what’s that word… Ah – desperation.