Telling the stories that really matter - our own

By Rabbi Aaron Gol...
March 5, 2012

By telling stories, do we often forget or deliberately omit talking about serious issues that our stories raise. At Jewish Book Week, widely accepted as one of the best cultural offerings London has to offer in the year, there will have been an incredible amount of discussion, debate and talk about the issues raised in the stories and narratives of fact that were presented. Some may have related the stories to how they were feeling, to their life experience and perhaps to those of their families. I am guessing but I suspect that very few will have internalised the themes and then talk about them openly.

I was deeply moved by the suicide of PC David Rathband, one of the victims of Raoul Moat. We cannot imagine the torment that he felt as his life slowly disintegrated before him. In the same week was a memorial football match for the Wales Manager, Gary Speed who also committed suicide having suffered deeply from depression.

These will in the future be recounted as stories based on fact. Perhaps one day someone will write a cultural work, an opera, film or play about their lives.

How many times have we experienced a cultural presentation in a book, film, play, through art, and been deeply moved, troubled, perhaps even traumatised. Has a nerve been hit physically or emotionally. Have we had discussions about these feelings with ourselves, in our heads – but not shared these thoughts, verbalised them, shared them.

We are very good in our free society at depicting all manner of life experiences and emotions. I am not so sure that we are as good at talking about them, sharing them and exploring them so that we might, just possibly, stand a chance of resolving our troubles.

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