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A New Narrative For Humankind
January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
With Taoist Scholar and Philosopher, Dr Rhett Gayle of Macao University.
In the ‘age of modernism’ our story has been shackled in a materialistic and mechanistic paradigm. How might it be liberated into an organismic and holistic evolutionary story?
“Sitting around the fire that holds the darkness at bay, stories are told. These stories tell the listeners their history, who they are and what is important, meaningful and valuable. They convey how we do things and why, showing us who are the heroes to imitate and the villains to shun. So it was in the distant past, and so it is now even if the firelight is now a flickering screen and the tribe around the fire is much larger and scattered around the world. We conduct our lives in the context of the narratives that we believe, even our civilization is created and held together by narrative. One story that has been prominent during the course of my life, told initially around the twin fires of the crematoria of Auschwitz and the nuclear fire of Hiroshima, is that the story of civilization is flawed in some soon to be fatal way. We need a new way of thinking, a new paradigm, some new story to act within so as to save the world from the consequences of our acting on the basis of the old story. In this talk I will discuss the difficulties inherent in manufacturing a new story, the methods which we might use to open the way for the emergence of useful new stories and what criteria a good new story might meet to be successful. I will also point out some of the ways in which the new stories currently on offer are the old story wearing new clothes”