By Jesse Jost
We have a deep psychological and emotional need to understand what is really going on. We are driven to figure out how events and actions are connected,
so we can predict what is coming. This need to know the story is connected to our desire to know the future.
The story we believe we are in informs our view of what the problem is, and what solution is needed. It tells us who the enemy is and what we must do to counter him/it.
We feel adrift and aimless if we don’t have a clear understanding of what story we are in. But a compelling story can light a fire of motivation, making us willing to sacrifice everything for that story.
The story we believe gives us a compelling vision of what needs to be done, and what can be accomplished if the stories ends are achieved. It determines what we are willing to sacrifice to achieve the stories’ goals. It is the root of humanity’s greatest accomplishments and most horrendous atrocities.
Socialism, the most deadly idea of the 20th century, was a captivating story about the world’s primary problem and what could be done to fix it.Continue reading…