Discerning Narratives

10/25/2021: Discerning Narratives: Narratives are common to American life disguising the facts or truth. Therefore, narratives must be recognized and recognized for what they are. This exercise requires careful discernment and examination. Independent of the topic the following is true.

A narrative as commonly used today is a concept yet to be examined but must be put into practice. They are typically based upon presumption intended to be enforced or put into practice.

The dictionary definition of narrative is: noun; a spoken or written account of connected events; a story; an account, tale, chronicle, portrayal, rehearsal.

I particularly like the synonym of “rehearsal”. The “rehearsal” moniker says the ideas are without credible foundation and therefore should not be ready for prime time. A narrative is typically proposed as in the best interest of those it would affect. The advocates of a narrative must know it does not make sense and without foundation, yet advancing the narrative as though based on established evidence which of course is absent. That is the reason a narrative is put forth as an edict without accepting a critique or challenge. These factors should expose a narrative.

A narrative is not even a hypothesis. The hypothesis definition is: noun; a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation; theory, theorem, thesis, conjecture, supposition, speculation, assumption, presumption, notion and or a contention.

In philosophy a proposition is made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.

In science, the hypothesis is an idea that proposes a tentative explanation about a phenomenon or a narrow set of phenomena observed in the natural world. The notion of the scientific hypothesis as both falsifiable and testable was advanced in the mid-20th century by Austrian-born British philosopher Karl Popper.

Let us consider narratives at best a hypothesis. Let us be kind to those proposing a narrative and ask them to consider their proposal nothing more than a hypothesis, a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.

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