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“I am specifically concerned with fiction because that is what I write. There is a certain embarrassment about being a storyteller in these times when stories are considered not quite as satisfying as statements and statements not quite as satisfying as statistics; but in the long run, a people is known, not by its statements or its statistics, but by the stories it tells.”* — Flannery O’Connor, 1957

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, I’m quoting Flannery O’Connor this month because an effort has begun to “cancel” her, which is not surprising as she was a Catholic in good standing who supported what is good in Western Culture and the Christian faith. (Along with being one of the great writers of the 20th century.)

I found the above quote interesting because I don’t believe it is any longer true, the first part of it anyway. In the mid-20th century, the leaders of opinion wanted to believe they were driven by just “the facts” and reason. Stories didn’t matter.

As much as the left talks about “science” these days, it has become very clear that they, perhaps all of us, are led by narratives, by stories. But while the left believes in the daydreams they made up in their heads the day before yesterday, born of jealousy, sloth, and spite, the right is trying to hold on to the stories of old; of Moses and St. Paul and Shakespeare and Adam Smith and Washington and Lincoln and Martin Luther King. We will see soon whose Story of America is remembered.

* From “In the Protestant South,” an essay in Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose, a collection of various writings of Flannery O’Connor.

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  1. Nohaaj Coolidge

    Eustace C. Scrubb: a people is known, not by its statements or its statistics, but by the stories it tells.

    I think she was very insightful with this observation. Today the stories being told are predominately false narratives of systemic racism, peaceful riots, evil capitalism, worker exploitation, man-made climate change, gender bending, Russian collusion, Vet hating. We as a society need to recognize and vigorously refute the false narratives. Even more importantly, we need to express the stories of inherent goodness, optimism and greatness of Western culture. 

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    • September 16, 2020, at 6:57 AM PDT
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  2. Arahant Member

    As a story teller, I would very much like to think it is the stories that will last.


    This is the Quote of the Day. If you have a quotation you would like to share, our sign-up sheet awaits. We still have five open dates this month.

    There is also the Group Writing Project. This month, the theme is a very speculative one: If I was a —, I would —. It looks as if Clifford has nine open dates in the future.

    If you haven’t written much on Ricochet, these projects are easy ways to get involved.

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    • September 16, 2020, at 7:48 AM PDT
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  3. Michael Brehm Member

    @nohaaj The Right needs to recover storytelling. The problem we’re in today is that over the years, we’ve somehow allowed storytelling to be taken over almost exclusively by the Left.

    @arahant I’ve never met a single person who has a beloved dataset, but I’ve met plenty of people who have a favorite story. Though, perhaps, this is because I don’t get out much…

     

     

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    • September 16, 2020, at 9:54 AM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member

    Michael Brehm (View Comment):
    Arahant I’ve never met a single person who has a beloved dataset, but I’ve met plenty of people who have a favorite story. Though, perhaps, this is because I don’t get out much…

    But, but…My Precioussss spreadsheets!

     RawLook up            
      West MaleForbes MaleWelf MaleBiblical MaleWest FemaleForbes FemaleWelf FemaleBiblical FemaleOther MaleOther Female   
    Person              
    Name1180ReubenWaldronWilhelm DecimaHesperiaFranziska AimonAverie   
    Name266EmmettFergusFrederick ErinFionaAthenaNogahSolvathiusDiana   
    Name3718CurtisBlaneWilliam DespinaLeaNina MaximoElvira   
    Name4902TiwNevisLaurenz AnankeEufamiaRodelinda TyroneGutlin   
    Name5532OcellaHenryAgamemnon CassandraFreyjaCharlotte GavinMaya   
    Name6611BesSolvathiusGeorge IrisEdanaGisela JessieRobyn   
    Name7274AciliusDuffArno PompeiaGillianLeah AlanDiana   
    Name8731EscalusFarquarAlphonse EnyoFrigeRoswitha MitchellAnderazo   
    Number of Names4             
    Birth Date33429NOV   ParrParr      
    Years (West)5151 12729 10225458      
    Years (Normal)3232  379Marine        
    Death Date2828OCT 734Navy        
         610Army        
    Immortal3If 4  177Manufacturer        
    Periodicity2113   782Mine Owner    2000100103
    Periods Survived6   870ISASTA        
          Lawyer/Judge        
    Multiple birth?1    Factor/Financial Manager        
          Priest/Theologian/Bishop    Hudson   
    Height Male82    Historian    61   
    Height Female71    Mathematician    50   
          Physicist        
    Elevation?10+    Broker        
    Normal10    Heraldic Officer/Genealogist        
    Angel13    Law Enforcement/Thief Taker/Investigator/Crown Prosecutor        
          Animal Trainer (Groom for horses, dragons, etc.)        
    Monkey Muscle522    Plantation Owner/Farmer/Farm Hand        
    Natural165    Military Agent        
    Sex0             
                   
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    • September 16, 2020, at 10:05 AM PDT
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  5. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I agree with Flannery. Yes, the Left uses narrative to sway people, but they do it under the pretext of “science” (sneer quotes intentional). Despite the multitude of lies (false narratives), they’ve captured the “science” to use toward their ends — ultimate power. 

    From my own QOTD:

    “Is the object of the government to permit people to live private lives and make their own happiness?. . . Is it better to manage the society according to scientific principles?” — Larry Arnn

    This is the central debate of this election and all elections in America, really. The Left votes for scientism — expert rule as religious belief. The Right votes for liberty. 

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    • September 17, 2020, at 6:45 AM PDT
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  6. Michael Brehm Member

    @Arahant That looks more like the seed of a story to me, or possibly a random encounter table (same difference).

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    • September 17, 2020, at 7:18 AM PDT
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  7. Arahant Member

    Michael Brehm (View Comment):

    Arahant That looks more like the seed of a story to me, or possibly a random encounter table (same difference).

    It is. It’s one page of the workbook from which I generate characters for one of my science fiction series.

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    • September 17, 2020, at 7:30 AM PDT
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  8. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Michael Brehm (View Comment):

    Arahant That looks more like the seed of a story to me, or possibly a random encounter table (same difference).

    It is. It’s one page of the workbook from which I generate characters for one of my science fiction series.

    I totally must do that now, you know. 

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    • September 17, 2020, at 10:31 AM PDT
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  9. Lois Lane Coolidge

    I am from Georgia and just cringed when I saw Flannery attacked at a Catholic (!!!!!!!!!!) college. Of course story lasts longer. I know the name of Homer. Who was the local actuary?

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    • September 17, 2020, at 11:49 AM PDT
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  10. Arahant Member

    Hartmann von Aue (View Comment):
    I totally must do that now, you know. 

    Did you want me to send you the workbook? You can put in your own data. 😁

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    • September 17, 2020, at 12:47 PM PDT
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  11. Henry Castaigne Member

    Reminds me of an old viking story. 

    When I was a boy, my grandmother was a famous seer in our small town. I was in awe of her. 

    She claimed the gods never died, that they still spoke through her. Others would come from far away to hear their fate or feel close to them. 

    Sometimes I would listen through the walls to the amazings things she told these people, even though it was forbidden. 

    She knew. Before she died, she told me a secret. 

    She said she made it all up

    I got upset, I called her a fraud. But she explained that just because she made it up doesn’t mean it wasn’t real. 

    “The stories we tell are just as real as all the things we see and feel.” she said. Then she died. 

    I remembered those words clear as a bell and I made up stories of my own. 

    Eventually it became hard not to see the world as a story. — Aleo the Skald

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    • September 17, 2020, at 12:55 PM PDT
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  12. davenr321 Coolidge

    If they end up cancelling her, make sure you download this…

    https://youtu.be/sQT7y4L5aKU

    It’s her reading “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.”

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    • September 17, 2020, at 3:26 PM PDT
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