Let’s Tell A New Story

We Need A New Story

Stories about our family define who we are and sometimes lock us in to descriptions of who we are that are not necessarily true. We all have family myths. All stories are true and some actually happened.

The same goes for the big story which defines who we are as human beings, the Adam and Eve story. It defines who we are and how we act more than we sometimes realize: the story of people who fell from perfection and need to make up for that sin! Wow, what a start for some kid just starting out on the journey. We don’t have to stick to that story for are now beginning to tell the New Story which is evolutionary and makes use of the vast amount of information we now have about the origin of the universe and the place of humans in it.

In an evolutionary story life in all forms is always moving forward toward perfection rather than having fallen form it. In an evolutionary story everything is being pulled toward some higher order at the final meeting which some call  the Omega Point, the Christ.


The Hubble telescope has revealed the age of the universe to be about 13 to 14 billion years. The enormity of the information gleaned from Hubble observations is as expansive as the universe itself. What a story it has yet to tell. Doesn’t it make sense to tell a new story with all of the new knowledge we have?



One of the best sources to start telling the New Story is Thomas Berry. Check him out at


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2 Responses to Let’s Tell A New Story

  1. Jim Facette says:

    There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. ~ Zora Neale Hurston

    The universe is made of stories, not atoms. ~ Muriel Rukeyser

    Our lives must take place in the context of the supreme historical event of recent time: The discovery of a new origin story, the story of the universe as emergent evolutionary process over some fifteen billion years, a story that now provides our sense of where we are in the total context of the universe development. Our new consciousness of the universe and of the planet Earth can be understood as a revelatory experience of universal significance for the human community and for every phase of human activity.
    Thomas Berry

  2. Jim Facette says:

    The grand narrative means that we need to have a story that is sufficiently all embracing and sufficiently encompassing of what we experience that we can say, ‘That makes sense.’ We’ve got to recognize that we all live in stories.

    Stories come in all shapes and sizes: daily anecdotes, movies, fables, or pre-packaged “news” stories created by the media. The stories we tell show what we value; the deepest personal narratives we carry in our hearts and memories remind us who we are and where we come from. Historically, the power of stories and storytelling has been at the center of social change efforts. Organizers rely on storytelling to build relationships, unite constituencies, name problems, and mobilize people. Movements have won public support with powerful stories like Rosa Parks’ refusal to change seats, the AIDS quilt carpeting the National Mall in Washington, or the polar bear stranded in a sea of melted ice.

    We live in a world shaped by stories. Stories are the threads of our lives and the fabric of human cultures. A story can unite or divide people(s), obscure issues, or spotlight new perspectives. A story can inform or deceive, enlighten or entertain, or even do all of the above. As humans, we are literally hardwired for narrative.

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