2013: The Space between Stories

Posted on Dec 28, 2012
2013: The Space between Stories

A German translation, a Dutch translation, as well as a Portuguese translation of this essay are also available.   Every culture has a Story of the People to give meaning to the world. Part conscious and part unconscious, it consists of a matrix of agreements, narratives, and symbols that tell us why we are here, […]

Rituals for Lover Earth

Posted on Dec 10, 2009
Rituals for Lover Earth

The medicine man enters the outer vestibule of the sacred healing chamber. He dons the ceremonial vestments and performs the ritual ablutions, purifying himself for the healing ritual that is about to commence. Putting on identical masks, he and his acolytes enter the chamber, to which all others are forbidden entrance. The man they are […]

A World-Creating Matrix of Truth

Posted on May 10, 2009
A World-Creating Matrix of Truth

 God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. — Genesis 1:1 It was an old story that was no longer true. Truth can go out of stories you know. What was true  becomes meaningless, even a lie, because the truth has gone into another story. The water of the spring rises in another […]

The Ascent of Humanity

Posted on Feb 10, 2007
The Ascent of Humanity

More than any other species, human beings are gifted with the power to manipulate their environment and the ability to accumulate and transmit knowledge across generations. The first of these gifts we call technology; the other we call culture. They are central to our humanity. Accumulating over thousands of years, culture and technology have brought […]

The War against the Self and the World

Posted on Jun 10, 2005
The War against the Self and the World

Control is a central theme of The Ascent of Humanity. Whether we speak of the technologist dream of perfecting our control over nature, or the spiritualist dream of perfecting human nature, the basic strategy is to encourage the good and control the bad. Just as the technological answer to a problem is to fix it […]