A New Story for a New Economy
The most important story for any group or society is the sacred story that defines what it considers most important to its well-being. That story shapes the individual and collective behaviors that will shape its future. If it gets its story wrong, it almost inevitably gets its future wrong.
We humans have completed a transition from isolated tribes to a tightly interconnected global society. Our dominant institutions have been guided in their adaptation to this new reality by a sacred money and markets story deeply at odds with our true reality and nature as living beings inhabiting a finite living Earth.
The sacred money and markets story is losing credibility. A reality based sacred life and living Earth story is emerging in its place. It guides many of the movements leading the way to a living Earth economy.
The following chart summarizes essential elements of the two sharply contrasting sacred stores. Read it with an active mind. Ask yourself: Which in your experience has the greater currency in the public culture? Where do you see it being challenge? Which best resonates with your experience? Around what story do you organize your life? Feel free to reproduce this chart and organize a group to share their responses to these questions.