I don’t know if anyone else has noticed but the National Geographic channel as well as Scientific American and History channels are chalk full of top notch shows about The Story of the Universe. From Steven Hawking to Morgan Freeman and Alec Baldwin, the shows are beautifully written, produced and narrated and have obviously won the loyalty of a significant viewer share. What is interesting to me is that the assertions about the origins and nature of our home, the Universe, have not yet “landed” as common knowledge where we can accept this empirical scientific evidence as our common origin story. A gap between these well documented and reproducible facts and our world’s belief systems about our origins, remains vast.
We are at a pivotal time in the history of our species as evinced by the failure of many of our life sustaining systems and institutions. The root cause of many of these failures has to do with the absence of a unifying common origin story. Our splintered and “tolerant” stance on this all important origin story gives rise to exclusive religious/secular perspectives driving political and social agendas that are unravelling by the day. By virtue of the advent of modern physics wedded with ancient wisdom traditions, we have a common origin story whose central implication is unity and holism. As it turns out, our very existence is predicated upon all that has come before us. At the core of The Story of the Universe, it is irrefutably true that we are all inextricably connected and related, IE, all forms and species.
The single most important current implication for all of this is that our current world religions and “beliefs” can be held as metaphor for a much larger context. Relating to this unifying, holistic, largest of contexts is what all of these revelations and television programming are pointing toward. From health care to our financial systems and from environmental responsibility to the very way that we empathize and care for each other; a common, unifying origin story is what the world needs - and has, right now.