“For some decades now, we have been going through a “spiritual crisis,”…. and that crisis can be seen as a struggle for the core narrative of our culture. The real “culture war” is not between one society’s culture and another but between between the “old story” that tells us we live in a random universe made of physical particles and an emerging story, being in part recovered from a long (and often forgotten) tradition of human wisdom that says, No! We live in a meaningful universe pervaded by consciousness. We are deeply interconnected with one another and the planet we live on.
“The old story of a random, material universe was demoralizing, it was dead wrong, but it was internally consistent…. The emerging, or “new” story is just as consistent. It builds up from a physics of unity and consciousness to the biology of cooperation and the psychology and neuroscience of the empathic human being as a meaningful part of a great unity, capable of crafting her or his own destiny and capable of offering nonviolence and responding to it when offered. I entirely agree with Joanna Macy that we have to “stop the worst of the damage,” but has there been anything more damaging than the demoralizing image of ourselves held up by the old story? And after all, quite apart from its political usefulness, the new story is a powerful way to overcome our own demoralization and burnout, as you’ll see from the talking points we’ve offered here. Knowing it should be part of our toolkit; sharing it with whoever will listen would be a critical complement to our work to usher in a world of justice, sustainability, and peace on which the human experiment can continue.”
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