Why do we start with decency?

November 2023

In the current political climate, the word "radical" may seem extreme or even feel divisive. In fact, the opposite is true. In stating and living our values, Stories Change Power seeks to push past the partisanship that has become the norm, tend to the root of human connection, and uphold practices that promote a just, equitable, and peaceful world.

Decency tops our list of values because we recognize the inherent dignity in every person. No matter race, creed, income, age, nationality, political affiliation, or any other of the ways humans divide ourselves into "us" versus "them," we aim to respect everyone's humanity and our interconnectedness. Based in the United States, a country known for "rugged individualism" (a term coined nearly 100 years ago by President Herbert Hoover), "dog eat dog" competitiveness pits would be-collaborators against each other. We reject that approach (as well as the sentiment behind the quip attributed to President Harry Truman that, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog!").
Life is most fully lived in relationship with other people. "Relationality" captures this concept by recognizing the connectedness of humankind across history and geography. Often practiced in Indigenous cultures, we're all better off when we not only acknowledge but embrace that there are complex and dynamic ways we impact each other in community.
This is why Stories Change Power prioritizes decency in all we do and at all times. In stating and living our values, we seek to push past partisanship and division, tend to the root of human connection, and uphold practices that promote a just, equitable, and peaceful world.

*Sources to learn more about the concepts of decency and relationality, include the works of Jeff Garson, Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt, Lauren Tynan, Meredith McCoy, Emma Elliott-Groves, Leilani Sabzalian, and Megan Bang.

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