When combatants decide to share a personal story, one that comes out of the authority of their own experience, not parotting some tribal or religious orthodoxy, they begin to dismantle the wall of separation. They turn a wall into a window. Brick by brick, story by story, light comes through. Underneath all the disagreements and bitterness, a shared human story gradually emerges. Because the stories of war and propaganda work by stripping the “other” of their humanity, sharing a story from the heart becomes a profound act of resistance. NSL creates a Listening culture where stories are treated as gifts, and where through a narrative way, people can reclaim the capacity that war has stolen from them, the power to give people their humanity back.
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