“To be fully in the world is to believe that we can love other people and places more than we fear them.” –Gareth Higgins
Have you convinced yourself that you are better off alone? Today we’re exploring the dynamics of the Isolation Story — the belief that we can avoid pain by avoiding others. As Gareth Higgins explains, “While it may not be physically violent, the Isolation Story is more than harmful, because it does two things. First, it moves us toward less connection with others, and therefore less community and support when we need it. And second, it turns life grey, where we miss out on the gifts of the rainbow.”
- To learn more about Gareth Higgins, click here.
- To learn more about Brian McLaren, click here.
- To explore the seven stories in more depth, visit the website here. You’ll find details about the children’s book, essays for adults, and more.
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- Have a question you’d like Brian or Gareth to answer about the seven stories? Email us: [email protected] or leave us voicemail. Questions for this season will only be accepted until November 22nd, 2023.
Meet the Guest Co-Host
Gareth Higgins was born in Belfast in 1975, grew up during the northern Ireland Troubles, and now lives in the US. He writes and speaks about the power of storytelling to shape our lives and world, peace and making justice, and how to take life seriously without believing your own propaganda. He has been involved in peace-building and violence reduction in northern Ireland and helping address the legacy of conflict, received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Queen’s University Belfast, and helped teach the world’s first graduate course in Reconciliation Studies at Trinity College Dublin.