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Considering this in light of education...
Hagel returns to an evolving distinction between "narrative" and "story," using that distinction to draw attention to the importance of NARRATIVE to political (and private sector) progress. The distinction he and his influences make is thus:
- Stories have a beginning, a middle, and most importantly an end. Stories are told in completion, taking up a relatively static amount of space.
- Narratives are perpetually unveiling, fundemental scapes on which we construct our deepest structures of meaning. Examples include: Christianity, Americanism, Apple (the company)...
Hagel uses this distinction to make a political statement about the importance of narrative to political process. Narratives have soured, have become "threat narratives," by which he means that each political party is perceiving the other as a fundamental threat to its own narrative.
Bad advertising, so to speak.
I'm curious, mostly, in Hagel's story about how he developed his own, personal narrative. This strikes me as incredibly useful to education, which is increasingly attendant to each student's need to tend to his/her own web identity.