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Stories and Data

Aug 24, 2019

Our world is not made of atoms. It is built mostly from the stories we tell each other.

Technology is transforming our lives and society faster than we can keep up. Some say technology is the answer; others say it’s the problem. As technology expands the possibilities, dangers are inevitable but there’s also the possibility that we will grow skilled in harnessing the change for good.

Stories not only give meaning to our past but are the inspiration that gets us through the day and the week toward a vision of the future.

Story of Mastery

There once was a student of music who took up lessons and practiced rigorously for years. He became quite good, and had an opportunity to perform for a renowned master.

The master listened respectfully, smiled and after a time, he said, “something lacking.” The student was crestfallen. He grew despondent when nothing he played impressed the master. He left his home town and travelled the country for years. He eked out a living teaching beginners but fell on hard times.

Years later, he came back home and gave a performance for his friends. As he put down his instrument, he heard a voice from the back of the room. “Like a god!” said the old master.