Web of Stories

April 30, 2018

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From Homo Deus -A Brief History of Tomorrow:

“Animals such as wolves an chimpanzees live in a dual reality. On the one hand they are familiar with objective entities outside them, such as trees, rocks and rivers. On the other hand they are aware of subjective experiences within them, such as fear, joy and desire. Sapiens, in contrast, live in triple-layered reality… The sapiens world also contains stories about money, gods, nations and corporations. As history unfolded, the impact of gods, nations and corporations grew at the expense of rivers, fears and desires. There are still many rivers in the world, and people are still motivated by their fears and wishes, but Jesus Christ, The French Republic and Apple, Inc. have dammed and harnessed the rivers, and have learned to shape our deepest anxieties and yearnings.

“Since new twenty-first century realities are likely to make such fictions even more powerful, to understand our future we have to understand how stories about Christ, France and Apple have gained so much power. Humans think they make history, but history actually revolves around the web of stories. The basic abilities of individual humans have not changed much since the stone age.. But the web of stories has grown from strength to strength, thereby pushing history from the Stone Age to the Silicon age.”

Excerpt from Homo Deus – A brief history of tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Posted by Jim Culleny
4/29/18

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