The willingness to own up to the fictional nature of our story is where the healing begins.
—Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging
In the mid-eighties, Jack, the CEO of a tech start-up company, was going to New York City on business for the first time. As this was before Mayor Giuliani reduced the city’s crime rate, his friends not only told him about some terrific happening places to visit, they also warned him not to walk through Central Park at night. Jack, a six-foot ex-college football player, thanked them, but they knew he’d ignore their warning. Jack prided himself on being in control of any situation.
One evening, he was rushing ...