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Behind a lot of these sappy, pablum phrases like “I’m a dreamer” or “just believe” are some poorly expressed realities. A “dreamer” is a storyteller. “Believing” is taking risks. On its own, the world has a hard time explaining what it means. It’s left to us who tell stories to clarify and expand the language into legitimate emotional images. We’re the makers of symbols with feathers in our hair, chanting in the smoke on the other side of the fire. Storytellers are the first oracles.

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