This is where my own expedition began
Eight principles of decivilization
The myth of progress is based on the myth of nature. The first tells us that we are destined for greatness; the second tells us that our greatness is free. Both myths are closely related. Both tell us that we are separated from the world; that we began to wander in the primeval swamps, as a humble part of something called “nature”. Something we have triumphantly conquered anno now. Indeed, our separation from nature is a myth integral to the triumph of our civilization. We are the only species that has ever attacked nature and won. And we have come to believe that our unique glory is encapsulated within it.
Invitation for reflection
You can think of the eight principles of decivilization as a raised flag under which we can find and meet each other. A safe place, far beyond our human bubble and limiting beliefs. To consider together the great challenges and the vital solutions for tomorrow’s world.
A starting point for an expedition through the 21st century and at the same time an invitation to an objective reflection that will lead us down unexpected paths. With the bottom eight principles of decivilization as a compass. So that we can stay on course for a better world.
End of an era
We live in a time of social, economic and environmental unraveling. All around us are signs that our current way of life is ending and that a new era is being born. In which the focus shifts from selective prosperity to inclusive well-being. And form ego to eco. We will have to face this reality honestly, wisely and learn to live with it.
Solution lies within ourselves
We need to release our limiting belief that the converging crisis of our time can be reduced to a set of symptoms that can be solved with exponential technologies, ecomodernism and great politicians. The solution lies in a different way of connecting; with nature, with others and with ourselves.
It is important to realize that the roots of our fundamental crises lie in the stories we have told ourselves. These stories and beliefs, which underlie our civilization, need to be challenged and reconsidered. Such as the myths of: unbridled progress, man’s central place in the universe, and of our separation from “nature”.
These myths are at great risk because we have forgotten that they are myths.
Stories weave reality
People believe in stories and stories inspire people. But these stories must offer more than mere sensation and entertainment. Through stories we weave reality, provided they are based on veracity and provable, unrefutable facts.
Connecting with profound purpose
Humans are not the center of the universe, nor the purpose of the planet. On the other hand, they are radically interdependent in her relation to Mother Earth and her ecosystems. Thus, the true art for humanity begins with the attempt to step outside our limiting beliefs and the human bubble. Through careful attention, we can reconnect with wisdom to the whole world. Which is much larger and more important than our human world. Only then can we connect with the essential, the profound purpose, our deeper meaning.
We celebrate life and the art of storytelling and transmission in a true and wise way. Based on the right sense of time and place. For the common good. For too long our world has been dominated by messengers from cosmopolitan citadels, who have an interest in the status quo to stay in power.
Walk the talk
We must avoid losing ourselves in the elaboration of theories or ideologies. Our words and actions must be elementary. We must speak, write, narrate and convince with our feet in the clay and dirt under our nails./span>
The end as a new beginning…
The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world. It merely means the end of life as we led and lived it. Together we will find and accumulate new hope. The paths that lead to the unknown world that lies ahead and brings us the next phase of our civilization.