Great Stories Currently In Transition
Stories change over time. What we used to believe about how we came to be, why we are here, what is ours to do and the nature of our guiding principles is transforming in our lifetimes. And we will have a part to play in where the story goes next.
We are in the process of changing our understanding of the fundamental nature of our universe. Once we were embedded in nature, before the scientific revolution changed the story and had us think we were somehow separate from all other life. Now, as the consequence of that story has impacted our lives, we are again changing the story to realize that we are nature in a Living Universe and it’s evolving through us.
Many other of our cherished stories and unexamined beliefs are also transforming—around money, energy, indigenous wisdom, the role of women. The more we understand how life works, the more clearly we can align with the patterns of life in how we are with each other as men and women, as different expressions of humanity in our races, religions, and our flow of commerce, as well as how we are in relationship with our land.
The Story: The core narrative begins with the progressive development of humanity’s knowing faculty or consciousness: from sensory consciousness to feeling consciousness to thinking consciousness and, increasingly, to reflective consciousness. The name for our human species is Homo sapiens sapiens. “Sapiens” means knowing, so we are the species that is doubly knowing. We have the Read post
The Story: Seen through the eyes of indigenous understandings, this is a story of separation and return. In the famous words of poet, T.S. Eliot: We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. In the Read post
The old stories had women as helpless damsels in distress. Characters like Katniss Everdeen, Buffy Summers, Imperator Furiosa, and Selina Meyer are reflective of women’s changing roles in our society. You need to look no further than the US Senate to see how women are making their voices heard and their power felt. And we Read post
The Story: A shallow and limited view of ‘economics’ has produced a view of the Earth as a place filled with resources to be exploited in a process of never-ending growth. This has led to unsustainable levels of consumption by a relative few along with an enormous and growing disparity in wealth and economic opportunity Read post