Analysis of the religious systems in the small island states of Austronesia challenge the theory that a belief in a supreme deity that guides our morality has been instrumental in the development of social and political complexity of all human societies.
Every culture has a Story of the People to give meaning to the
world. We are
entering a new phase in the dissolution of our Story and of the edifice of civilization built on
top of it.
We do not have a new story yet. Here and there we see patterns emerging, but the new mythos has not yet emerged. We
will abide for a time in the space between stories.
Now that I have entered the realm of speculation, I would like to
describe a few more aspects of sacred economy that I believe will unfold
over the next two centuries. This book has described developments that
we can create in the next twenty years, and in some cases the next five.
What about the next two hundred years?
Burning Man’s founder explores how it can be a wild party on the one hand, and the most public-spirited city in America, on the other. The essential cause of this is the giving of gifts. A gift economy is founded on principles that are diametrically opposed to those that dominate our consumer culture.