Findhorn Fellow, poet, activist and cosmologist, Drew Dellinger, who studied cosmology and ecological thought with Thomas Berry, reminds us of the importance of honouring the new story giants whose shoulders we stand upon….
Please note that the phrase “the story of everything” was first used by Thomas Berry.
I helped popularize the phrase when I put the full quote into film materials for the Pachamama Alliance that were used in 80 countries and translated into 18 languages:
“To tell the story of anything, you have to tell the story of everything.”
~ Thomas Berry
“The Old Story” is a phrase / idea first used by Thomas Berry.
“The New Story” is a phrase / idea first used by Thomas Berry.
The idea that we are “between stories” is a phrase / idea first used by Thomas Berry.
The idea of a misguided ‘myth of progress’ is a phrase / idea used by Thomas Berry.
The idea that industrial society might well try to insulate itself technologically with mitigation rather than make the necessary fundamental transformations is an idea put forth by Thomas Berry. (He called it the “Technozoic,” as opposed to his vision of the emerging “Ecozoic” or Ecological Age.)
Please put some respect on Thomas Berry’s name. If these ideas, phrases, and concepts are worth using, they’re worth crediting.
Please don’t erase the work of Thomas Berry or the work of women like Miriam MacGillis, Joanna Macy, Charlene Spretnak, and many others who have been teaching these ideas for decades and decades.
Thomas Berry first coined the term “New Story” in an essay of the same name written in 1978. Download a pdf of the essay.
For further rich reading of his vast body of work, visit Thomas Berry and the Great Work: https://thomasberry.org/.