My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.
EVERYONE HAS A FAVORITE NOTION OF WHAT makes us different from the rest of the animal world. For my part, humans are animals that tell stories about themselves and everything else. Shakespeare said all the world was a stage, but on that stage the actors were acting out a story. The power of story surrounds us. Television is a continuous set of stories—maybe the same story over and over. In the afternoon Americans watch soap operas and in the evening “L.A. Law” and “Northern Exposure.” The titles change, but the story goes on. In our heads we carry about our own private version of our life story by which we make sense of our experience. Some may call this daydreaming, but it is a continuous mental rewriting of our own story. Frequently, counseling includes helping people change their script or story about themselves.
Just as we write our own story, we constantly transform the events around us into a story, complete with plot and destiny. A baseball game is not a single game but a story. At its beginning two teams contest for the victory. The home team is the protagonist while the visitors are the antagonists. The announcer is the story’s narrator in disguise. At the climax one team wins, and finally the game is revealed to be part of the wider story of a pennant race. The metaphor of