Vol 27 No 3 (2011)

We're In the Wrong Story

Anna Atkinson
Vancouver Island University
A picture of three deer in Yosemite National Park.
Published October 19, 2011


We humans move through the world in a perpetual story which we are frequently unaware that we are writing. Our awareness is imperative, though, since this story is powerful enough to mediate and fundamentally direct the ways in which we interact with our surroundings. This essay uses the lens of genre and the concept of narrative patterning to illustrate the reason for our persistence in self- and Earth-damaging behavioural patterns, and then suggests the narrative pattern we need to adopt in order to avoid the ending we are inevitably writing for ourselves.