Transformative Philosophy



“It’s all a question of story.  We are in trouble just now because we are in-between stories.  The Old Story – the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it – sustained us for a long time.  It shaped our emotional attitudes, provided us with life purpose, energized action, consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge, and guided education.  We awoke in the morning and knew where we were.  We could answer the questions of our children.  But now it is no longer functioning properly, and we have not yet learned the New Story.”

Thomas Berry

What is the “new story”?  More importantly, what are the values and visions that create and uphold the Emerging Story?  What is the New Philosophy?




One Response to Transformative Philosophy

  1. Susannah Bair says:

    The new story begins in Consciousness. (I suppose like the original story – except we know it now). As a person who has been practicing meditation (regularly) for 45 years, I experience the contrast between Transcendental Consciousness and (as you called it in your book) “the mess.” I think my story (and many others’ in the world today) has to be about healing the false belief in separation. Many of us have the direct experience of the Oneness of all life, all living beings (which is everyone and everything). Our task is in the integration of Spirit and Matter, which, of course is different forms or states of the same substance. This task is partly automatic as a result of our collective Spiritual evolution, and partly conscious effort, intention and focused action. (that’s all I have to say for now).

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