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We should be connecting. I'm a prepublication buyer of your book that I liked a lot, and I've posted some comments but don't get your attention. "This particular quality of having coherent myths to live by, is something we would do well to pay attention to, and learn from in the west. This reminds us of what it means to be human, where we are going, and why. As late stage capitalist, culture fragments, and we look for our own roots, do we find they go deep enough to give us that same coherence?," you ask. You are looking to psychedelics, that gave me my smarts, too, although not from what was as intensive as what you did. Wow. But my cultural smarts come from someplace else, that it would behoove you to be dealing with and maybe you will through me.

A good question could be what is the most transformative thing that could be done now? I'd say it's to change our creation story -- from ruled over by a deity to humans being sacred creatures who of course would want to take care of Earth. It's the lineage from Teilhard to Thomas Berry to Brian Swimme as my favorite contemporary storyteller. Change our story, change our world, very fitting with your conversation today. Maybe have a conversation with me?

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Dec 2, 2023Liked by Alexander Beiner

Great interview! So many good thoughts! But the problem with myth is that myth is embellished metaphor the all too often is literalized into fake news that then replaces truth. The process is catastrophic to cultural and spiritual evolution and yet there doesn't seem to be any way to prevent it at scale. Are we truly relegated to "enlightening" one person at a time?

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Three stages of man. Man v. Nature. Man v. Man. Man v. Machine.

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Idea:

Close all the libraries and burn all the books...except for one copy of each. The single copies are rotated among human beings, one by one. Each reader makes random comments in the margin at the passages that affected them before passing the book on to someone they love (or believe will appreciate it). This becomes how human knowledge is transmitted.

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that was great.

I’m so glad Sophie knows Robert Bringhurst 💙

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