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  •  Big Narratives are often ... (10+ / 0-)

    ... collections of a few closely-related stories, rather than one single form-story. Trying to find the One Perfect Big Narrative may be less useful, and it may be needlessly reinventing the wheel. We have some good, progressive moral parables.

    One of my favorites is the story of the man who was weeping at the station as the train bearing President Franklin Roosevelt's body passed. A reporter asked the man if he'd known FDR.

    "No," the man said. "But he knew me."

    That man wept because in the hardest years of his life, his government had tried to help him. He'd never met FDR, but he felt as if FDR knew him and tried to help.

    We progressives want people to feel that. When our lives are hard, our leaders should try to help. Like they know us. Even if we never meet them.

    That story is ... progressive.

    Good morning! ::hugggggs::

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