David and Goliath

Article from Issue 139/2012

Humans are storytellers. One could argue that journalists are even more like storytellers than other forms of humans, but then, you could also make the case that we just echo what is out there in the world.

The English professors inform us that there are no new plots – only the same few stories recycling through our literature (and all too often, through our news). One of the stories that pops up a lot in our culture is the David and Goliath narrative, a classic biblical story in which a poorly armed but self-assured little guy takes down a gigantic warrior. John Henry against the steam hammer and Luke Skywalker against the Galactic Empire are notable examples of this myth in our culture.

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