ENGINEER 4A03 Quiz: The Truth About Stories by Thomas King

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The Truth About Stories by Thomas King
In this book, King is developing this argument that stories have an impact on who we are and
how we become who we are. He is creating a particular impression on our minds about what to
believe, which shapes our culture and norms, accordingly. The author talks about the natives,
their struggle to establish their identity, their lives and strive to exist.
The main dilemma presented in this book is the fact that “Stories shape who we are”. From the
time we start to understand language, we are told stories. We grow up listening to stories
about many different things; stories of times when our parents, or elders, were young and their
experiences. Many minds are influenced by such stories; they help understand the nature of
the universe and human beings better. They shape our societies, our personal thought
processes and hence, our personal choices in life. Human beings understand the world better
when it is narrated as a story. Be it the childhood stories of the duck and the coyote, where
they were tricked in giving their feathers for safety or the narration of history from elders, all
the stories have a message or a lesson instilled in them. At a young age, humans understand
language, learn about their surroundings, and get to know about life and death and all these
add up in order to form our personality and characters. But, some stories might not make
sense in today’s context, whereas it did make sense back in the day. That’s where the dilemma
lies. What do we learn when such stories come up? I think these situations call for a logical
reasoning. Extracting the logic from the previous time context and applying it to the present
context, according to my opinion, is the wiser thing to do. This also develops the important skill
of critical analysis, which in the long run proves to be very helpful.
In my career, there will be times when I will face a test of patience and character. In order to
tackle such situations, I will need experience, which will come from the stories of my
predecessors. Listening to their stories and how they have tackled situations, will be helpful to
design my response. Stories can be, essentially, described as narration of experiences. Through
these stories, experiences can be passed on to successors from forerunners. For example,
taking on a completely unknown project and aiming to complete it within a very short period of
time could seem insurmountable if I am not equipped with the tips and tricks needed in order
to pace up the work process. Definitely, in this time, listening to experiences of someone who
did it before will prove to be handy. Thus, listening to stories and learning from them is quite a
useful tool in the professional life. In any situation, when we ask for help from people, who are
experienced in that task, it is essentially asking them for their story with respect to the given
task. Hence, learning from stories is quite an integral part of our learning process. Even when
we made mistakes at a younger age, our parents/guardians would correct us, mostly, with help
of stories that convey a certain message. Applying the similar concept in the professional
scenario, we see that, whenever we make a mistake, we best learn by listening to a story where
the task was completed correctly. It helps us figure out our mistake and also gives us an outline
of how to complete it correctly. In events of creative designing of processes, we often need a
guideline to abide by and that too can come from learning about works done by the people
before us, which is also, learning from their ‘stories’, if you may call it. The critical analysis will
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