2022 Ikeda Forum Explores the Power of Our Stories

Participants in dialogue

“We are storied into being,” said co-presenter Shirley Yang toward the end of the 2022 Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue. She was quoting the late historian Vincent Harding from his dialogue with Daisaku Ikeda, America Will Be! It was an apt choice for a concluding thought, since it encapsulated in very few words so many of the evening’s insights. Through the telling of our stories, suggests Harding, it is not just that others get to know us, but that we get to know ourselves. And when others tell us their stories, we not only do we get to know them, but suddenly fresh light is cast on our own experience and we begin to see ourselves in new ways, ways that, hopefully, create connections among us where none existed before.

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