What’s a Meta-Narrative?

It’s a story a group tells itself about who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re headed.  It’s the bigger story we use to interpret all the individual, day-to-day stories about our people.  Is America a land of endless opportunity?  A land of progress  and growth?  A beacon?   Is it a world power throwing its weight around?  Is it a land that needs to be made great, again, or is it still struggling to live up to the ideals of its founders?

Anyone who wants to inspire others to great deeds needs to offer them a vision, a story of who they are and who they could be.  These stories have immense power – they can mobilize millions.  They’re behind every act of terrorism or genocide.  And they’re everywhere, from political campaigns to bumper stickers, from books to speeches to anthems and even to the moon itself, where Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind.

It’s vitally important that we understand these stories and how they work.  I’m writing a book on that very topic, and sharing smaller bits on this website.  Please follow along, and bring your friends!