Rethinking that Native American Proverb


A couple of days ago, I wrote a post about the Native American proverb: “Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live my heart forever.”

And I still like it.  But the more I think about it, the more trouble I have.  I only buy a third of it.

“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn . . . .” You’re kidding right?  If you tell me the facts, I won’t learn. I’ll forget.

“Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. . . .” I know this sounds cynical. But I have no way of evaluating the truth if you just tell it to me. The only way I know the truth is if I trust you or if I experience it myself.

“But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever. . . . ” That part I believe.

But it’s nice poetry.

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