The title of the blog is "A New and Ancient Story." It is a window into my thought process and observations of the world, current events, personal events, etc. through the lens of the "new and ancient story." Those of you who don't know what I mean by that, well, I'm not gonna explain now. Well maybe a little. The idea is that the defining mythology of our civilization is changing, from a story of separation to a story of interbeing. There, I hope that didn't sound trite or simplistic. You see, that is why I am reluctant to write anything in short form. Really unorthodox ideas can seem silly or naive because there are no ready-made, widely accepted conceptual elements from which to construct them. For example, how often do you hear the term "defining mythology?" "Story of separation?"
So, these sendings will often be a bit more raw, uncensored, and irresponsible than the things I usually put out under my name. I won't necessarily craft them carefully, anticipate and disarm counterarguments, or strive for thematic unity.
When I do write a longer essay, I will use this newsletter/blog to offer meta comments on it. For example, I just wrote one on the MH17 tragedy. In it I discuss how the mainstream media narrative not only services U.S. geopolitical ambitions, but also reinforces a deeper narrative of good vs. evil that underlies war (and much else). Then I offer, semi-seriously, an alternative way to handle the situation.
This is also an experiment for me personally, because I am not a particularly disciplined writer. I typically write in fits and starts, with periods of intense activity separated by long gaps. I'm going to do this one every other day, sometimes more (when I'm at home), sometimes less (when I'm traveling). Hmm, that doesn't sound very disciplined, does it.
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