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May 2016 Blog Posts (2)

Lived Crisis vs. Systemic Crisis: Notes on a "New Narrative"

A New Narrative?

I’ve been thinking a lot about cultural narratives and, especially, the call for a new narrative that might guide modern society through a transition to a sustainable culture.  This narrative, we are told, needs to be compelling and, it is often emphasized, not too depressing or negative.  Be positive, keep it simple, lead with the good news and prospect of hope—and so the imperatives fly.

There is some good advice, here, but some problems as well.  These…


Added by Erik Lindberg on May 22, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

America's Story

Politics in the United States subsists on a single myth whose narrative is central to all positions, even most of the ones located at the fringe.[i]  This dominant political narrative pretends to be historically accurate, as if it explains where we have come from and where we can go from here.  But the explanation it offers is neither accurate nor helpful for our current predicaments.  There may have been a time in which the cheerleading the myth encourages and the unifying…


Added by Erik Lindberg on May 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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