The Core Story of Epic Tomorrows is deeply related to The Evidence. The Core Story inspires the Heroine Quest.
Us human beings make sense of the world, and of human culture, by the histories, stories and myths that we tell ourselves, as well as, more crucially, the underpinning unconscious narratives that guide our thinking and behaviour.
To a large extent, this narrative knowledge is socially constructed, built up through socialising. It is deeply impacted and framed by power relations in society. It is also embedded in our physical environments.
Many of our individual autobiographies and our collective stories and narratives have become confused, hypocritical, fragmented and oppressed in modern global society, reflecting social and ecological injustice.
Lack of integration is the defining pathology of this situation. Lack of integration of the whole of the truth into global human culture: including the truths of the interconnectedness of everything, including non-human Nature, and the individual and collective truths of human beings and human subcultures.
!This is not to deny the many wonderful and life-affirming stories and mythical archetypes that have survived since the beginnings of human civilisation, that continue to live through us in thought and action, as well as the unique narratives that we weave in every breathing moment in our quest to heal self, community and planet!
However, our disintegrative modern global culture and the broken tendency of our stories are deeply tied up with The Evidence of a global civilisation collapse and / or shift to come this century.
Our challenge is to use story-telling and cultivated awareness of deep, often unconscious cultural narratives, to mould our collective future in a way which reintegrates and grounds those elements of humanity which have become fragmented due to the improper use and unnecessary war of the stories and narratives that currently prevail.
The war of narratives is partly the result of a highly competitive neo-liberal capitalist culture. There are also false narratives of oppression which must be exposed and disintegrated, for instance the story that says that men should govern over women.
Since The Evidence points towards relocalised culture and infrastructures, all across the world, as being both the most likely and the most desirable future for humankind, it would be wise to gear all our story-telling and narrative work towards the story of relocalisation, known under many guises, including Powerdown, Descent and Transition.
However, it is vitally important that it is understood that if any narratives, stories and autobiographies that currently exist are denied by the Relocal narrative, then those narratives will exert an unconscious influence to subvert the Relocal story into something more painful and chaotic than it needs to be. We must listen deeply to everyone, even our oppressors, if they are ready to talk honestly.
No-one can see into the future and predict it accurately. It would be an over-simplification to describe the future purely as a ‘relocalisation’ of global culture, and what I mean by relocalisation may be different to what you hear, however much detail I go into. Ultimately, the future will be some kind of hybrid of current narratives and trends.
By exploring different narratives, not exclusively the Relocal narrative but also the narratives of technological progress, global war and all the nature-connected magical narratives that have given us succour over the millenia, we can make fully conscious the various stories that govern us.
Could we reintegrate all these narratives into a single sustainable global narrative which allows any diversity of local narratives within it? Can that be done in a way that is not cultural imperialism?
How can we plan for the eventualities of different narratives -different futures- becoming dominant or influential, even within the context of a relocalised post- fossil fuel global culture? Since some stories maintain oppression at their core, we need to be alert to them.
For instance, within the context of relocalisation, the story of patriarchy will either continue or it won’t, to different degrees in different places. With a global awareness of the story of patriarchy, we can attempt to co-ordinate to use Relocal as an opportunity to end patriarchy as far as possible.
Insofar as every other global community is linked to mine, I want to ensure as far as possible that I am not caught by the shrapnel of a potential global collapse. I want to spread the story of a smooth global Transition to post- fossil fuel civilisation, as much as I can.
Telling this story well requires what I call Deep Story Telling. Deep Story Telling goes way beyond words and looks at the narratives embedded in physical environments and objects, human speech forms and human behaviours. Deep Story Telling is the story telling of permaculture at its practical and philosophical peak. How can Relocal be told on this deep level? This is our challenge. This is the challenge of Epic Tomorrows.
Rob Hopkins ‘The Transition Handbook’
Shaun Chamberlin ‘The Transition Timeline’
Gwynn Dyer ‘Climate Wars’
Seth Godin ‘Tribes’
Vivien Burr ‘Social Constructionism’