The Darkness Around Us

It’s beyond disconcerting that, as president, Donald Trump has threatened nuclear war. Still, the world has been on the brink of annihilation many times before, and yet continues because of the slight edge that the forces of creation have over the forces of destruction.

There are moments when myth and fact approach each other, momentous times that the Greeks called apocairos. Stepping off from moments of threat and uncertainty created by the bombastic statements made by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, I consider the mythic ground of apocalypsis. It reminds us that the world has been on the brink of annihilation many times before, and yet continues because of the slight edge that the forces of creation have over the forces of destruction.

In this episode of Living Myth, we explore some surprising ideas about war and peace, the role of elders in times of threat, and what each of us can do to be on the ground of creation, on the side of peace and in the fields of endless imagination.

My point with all of this is not to scare people. I think that’s being taken care of by leaders of various organizations and nations, but actually, to step back and look at the story behind what is going on.

On one level we can say that everyone has fallen out of story. That is to say, North Korea doesn’t see themselves in the same story as other cultures. And America doesn’t see itself in the same world as North Korea, that people have fallen out of the joint, or the connected story of humanity.”

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Living Myth is a production of Mosaic Voices, featured in partnership with Erraticus. This episode was originally released on August 10, 2017. Additional episodes are available at www.livingmyth.org.

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