This is part 2 of the series, “Art of the Story.” Part one “Art of the Story and the movie bella,” dealt with the fact that without meaning there can be no story. Today I want to go a little further and let one of the best modern authors in historical literature give a little insight into what makes up a true story in history.
The first time I heard of David McCullough was when I picked up his book, John Adams, when it first hit the shelves of Barnes and Noble. Back then I was still in the habit of buying books on reading credit. You know, buying books with the hope of reading it someday. Well I still haven’t read it but when I was at Target I took a chance and bought the 3 Disk DVD Box Set of John Adams miniseries on HBO. This past weekend I watched them all and I was floored.
First of all I didn’t know much about John Adams. I knew he was one of our Presidents and that there was a love story between he and his wife Abigail. The story of John Adams brought meaning to the history of the United States for me b/c of the story behind the life John Adams and his family. He was a man who believed that it was wrong to hire slaves so he didn’t own any. If John had any farm hands they were always employed. Remember that this is contrary to the fact that Thomas Jefferson owned a number of slaves on his estate Monticello. (I always learned that all the founding fathers had slaves.) The sacrifice that he and Abigail endured to help birth this country was simply unreal. At one point they did not see each other for three years!
John would often refer to Abigail in his letters as “my friend.” He understood the need of her support throughout his life and Presidency. Thomas Jefferson did some underhanded deeds against John. Benjamin Franklin found himself spending a lot of time with the ladies in Paris while his wife still resided in the States. Early America was lucky to have Founding Fathers as we did but what makes history rich is the fact that there were human. And it is this humanness that gives meaning to our countries history.
It is the same in our relationships with our loved ones. There is a reason we connect to people and not to things. It is because we are human. Relationships can only work when we are open to be human (a person) with one another. This is where trust flourishes. A relationship without trust is no relationship at all. And when their is no relationship there can be no meaning. Listen to David McCullough define history in light of this post.[viddler]49ff2368&w=437&h=288[/viddler]
What do you think?