The Moth – True Stories Told LIVE

Neil Gaiman –

“The strange thing about Moth stories is that none of the tricks we use to make ourselves loved or respected by others work in the ways you would imagine they ought to. The tales of how clever we were, how wise, how we won, they mostly fail. The practiced jokes and the witty one-liners all crash and burn up on a Moth stage.

Honesty matters. Vulnerability matters. Being open about who you were at a moment in time when you were in a difficult or an impossible place matters more than anything.

Having a place the story starts and a place it’s going: that’s important.

Telling your story, as honestly as you can, and leaving out the things you don’t need, that’s vital.

The Moth connects us, as humans. Because we all have stories. Or perhaps, because we are, as humans, already an assemblage of stories. And the gulf that exists between us as people is that when we look at each other we might see faces, skin color, gender, race, or attitudes, but we don’t see, we can’t see, the stories. And once we hear each other’s stories we realize that the things we see as dividing us are, all too often, illusions, falsehoods: that the walls between us are in truth no thicker than scenery.”

Find out more at themoth.org.

 

To read more about Neil Gaiman’s view on what it takes to tell a story, see the original article on BrainPickings.org here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/04/17/neil-gaiman-the-moth-presents-all-these-wonders/?utm_source=Brain+Pickings&utm_campaign=bf344a7af3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_179ffa2629-bf344a7af3-236866509&mc_cid=bf344a7af3&mc_eid=f5bcb9a269

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