For some time, I have held the belief that if we are to survive as a species, we must emerge to express beyond the limitations held in place by our stories about what we are. Stories that tell us that we are not that which we seek; that we are creatures that must be guided by some greater intelligence that lives outside of us; that without some ‘other’ to press us to improvement, our destiny is to collapse into the despairing that our perceptions of ourselves have made inevitable.
In the many (brilliant) works of Yuval Noah Harari, he speaks of us as a story-telling species; and that such story-telling is essential to our ability to have become dominant on this planet. And look where that has gotten us.
Perhaps the next step in our evolution is to let go of our long-practised and hallowed story-telling and seek to learn for ourselves (and teach our children) how to listen for an intuitive, inner truth…. to listen for a guide that is unique for each of us… and find new paths for ourselves. We need not be homogenized by story in order for us to be able to engage meaningfully with each other.
We can become a species emerging into the reclamation of its own natural inner intelligence; a species seeking to listen for and hear its own inner, intuitive genius; redefining meaning and redesigning how we choose to live as part of a larger, more complex system rather than seeking to dominate in that system. We can be part of something greater without the need to own it, design it and redefine it. And we must be free to own, define and redesign ourSelves.