We're all armed with stories... but maybe our stories should really disarm us... We possess tales of caution, irreverence, disappointment, and victory. It's that breadth that can make gaps hard to bridge.
Being honest with ourselves about our stories and the perceptions we bring to certain ideas, places, and types, can help decipher why we each play the role we tend to play.
If we're armed with stories, the connotation is one of battle.
But our stories should do the opposite for us. They should give us a better understanding of our place in the world, not a default reaction to provide.
Our stories don't yield the universal truths we so often like to ascribe to them, but they do tell us something about ourselves.