The Purpose of Storytelling and of Reading

Vincent Harding: I maintain that for every country in the world to develop a healthy democracy, we must share our stories as well as listen carefully to the stories of others.

Daisaku Ikeda: As human beings, we share our past, exist together in the present, and aspire to create a common future. And we come to know that, as we have our own precious stories, other people likewise have their own valuable stories. The foundation of mutual understanding that emerges through dialogue is the lifeblood that animates democracy. To develop a close, understanding community, we need opportunities for intimate, mutually inspiring dialogue that enables each person to share the story of his or her life.

(America Will Be! Conversations on Hope, Freedom, and Democracy, Dialogue Path Press, Cambridge Massachusetts 2013)

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