Humans love stories. As a child, we loved hearing them. Once we grew up, we loved reading them on books. As much interesting as this may be, there’s nothing novel to this claim – we all know that we love stories.
However, stories are much more powerful and omnipresent than we might ever have realised.
Did it ever occur to you that the thing called ‘democracy’ is just a story? Sure, it’s a splendid idea to have a democratic government, but that’s what it is – it’s just an idea. You can’t touch it, you can’t feel it, you can’t eat it – and what’s more, if all the people here on earth choose to forget what it means by democracy, the story of democracy will cease to exist!
That’s the important thing about stories that drive our societies. They are stories, no more real than the stories of Zeus or Spider Man, but they draw their powers from our collective and shared belief in them. We trust them to be true, and they become part of our reality. Examples run rampant in any functional human society – the story of justice, the story of equality, the story of money, the story of government and state, and the list goes on infinitely.
What if we could make modifications to those stories to suit our needs? What if we stop believing in the stories that a handful of economists and philosophers tell us, and start crafting our own stories instead? What if we empower people to come up with their own stories that represent their unique diverse set of experiences and realities?
The stories we tell today, the narratives we build today, shape our tomorrow.
The abovementioned hypothesis drives us at The Law Blog. We strive each day to build a narrative that is more diverse, more inclusive, more progressive – so that we shall be blessed with a tomorrow that is diverse, inclusive, and tolerant!
And in the course of ensuring the above, we never forget the equations of information economics – the massive role that information play in socio-economic development.
We, at The Law Blog, visualise a more inclusive and democratic blogosphere as a necessary precursor to a better-informed citizenry.
The mission of The Law Blog is two-fold. The first and primary mission of TLB is making the blogosphere more inclusive and democratic by empowering more and more people to participate in it. Towards this end, TLB runs its WFAC programme which aims at producing future leaders of the blogosphere and building inclusive, diverse, and tolerant narratives for the contemporary world.
The second mission which TLB is committed to is using blogosphere (and blog posts) to achieve the goal of a better-informed society by the way of online dissemination of quality information.
Disclosure: The Law Blog is an undertaking of LaMCRESA (Law Matters Centre for Research, Education, and Social Action).
About LaMCRESA: LaMCRESA has been a non-political and non-sectarian non-profit organisation with primary focus on Research, Education, and Social Action. Starting from 2016, LaMCRESA has undertaken several projects including those of The Law Blog, Challenging Hypocrisy, Writing For A Change, Law Matters Online Academy etc. Apart from the above cyber-centric projects, LaMCRESA has also undertaken field activities geared towards FRA field implementation, Land Rights awareness, and promoting (by way of legal assistance) CBOs in a number of sites, primarily in the districts of Angul, Deogarh, and Sambalpur, across Odisha. The founding members of LaMCRESA have played prominent roles in the past decades in starting and propelling noteworthy mass movements at the grassroot level. LaMCRESA and its members have had active involvement in the setting up of a number of grassroot organisations and movements like the Rengali Bandha Basachyuta Suraksha Samiti, Zilla Jungle Manch, Zilla Bhoomiheena Sangrami Parishad et cetera to name a few.