The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation. ~ Thomas Berry
The explosive growth of science that began in the West with the Renaissance and ultimately led to industrialism on a global scale has brought humanity many benefits, but at a mounting cost. It has contributed to an increasing lack of clarity about who we are, why we are here, and how we are to relate to one another and the natural world. The problems that seem to be rising on every side today, from personal to environmental, can largely be traced to the “story” that made industrialism possible – the underlying narrative that’s implicit in our textbooks, newspapers, and films that makes us think we are material entities compelled to seek satisfaction in the consumption of increasingly scarce resources. If this were true, competition and violence, along with the destruction of the life-support system of our planet, would be inescapable. Happily, it is not.
A shift in emphasis across many fields of modern science, facilitated by the remarkable breakthroughs in physics at the start of the last century, has brought to light a far more encouraging picture of human nature that accords with the deepest traditions of human wisdom. This far healthier human image will support changes in all areas.
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