“The novelist Terry Pratchett once wrote, “people think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.” However it seems these types of dichotomies are often both/and more than they are either/or. It is true that we are shaped by the stories that we inherit, but we are also co-creating these stories through the actions that we consciously — or unconsciously — take. It might be closer to the truth to see as us and our stories as co-emerging and co-evolving.
“Now looking to the tremendous challenges we face to adapt to the changing climate and severe mismanagement of natural resources, our role within the story is shifting. We are moving through the notion of “sustaining” life on the planet and touching on a deeper aspect of human potential: that we are not destined to be merely apologetic destroyers trying our best to minimize the damage, but co-creators — and that this planet can actually be better off with us than without us.”
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