We are the stories we’re told and the stories we tell

05 May 2020 | Culture

We are the stories we’re told and the stories we tell

By Laura Giffard

Last week I watched a stunning Ted Talk: Oliver Jeffers’ ‘Ode to living on planet earth’. In this celebration of the very fact that we exist - that we are alive - Oliver points out that the one truth about planet earth is that “people live here”.

And it moved me to consider how the Covid-19 crisis is something we finally cannot ignore, like those wars in far off lands, but rather it’s something that shows us we are all alike on this planet - we all share the same human fragility. He invites us to be kind to one another and reminds us that we are the stories we’re told and the stories we tell. It’s time to set the story of humanity on the right track again - focusing on the shared good - and inspiring change for the better.

Watch the talk here: ted.com/talks/oliver_jeffers_an_ode_to_living_on_earth

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