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As reconstructive postmodernism has matured, the project of reconstructing a postmodern worldview, after the collapse of the modern one, has become the project of reconstructing a postmodern grand narrative. A narrative is, and is unapologetically so, a mere story. A narrative makes no claim to be the unvarnished truth, makes no claim on certainty; it is a self confessed representation, and nothing more. A narrative may be characterized as 'grand' when it tells a comprehensive story, a story that, when most comprehensive, includes everything. Theologian Thomas Berry and physicist Brian Swimme have collaborated to compose The Universe Story. They have been joined by astronomer Eric Chaisson, comparativist Mary Evelyn Tucker, philosopher Loyal Rue, theologian Gordon Kaufman, among others, to compose an epic of cosmic evolution as a grand narrative on the order of, and addressing the same problematics as, Genesis, the Theogony, the Enuma Elish, the Hawaiian Kumulipo, and similar traditional origin myths.
— Baird Callicott
Authors and Luminaries Comments on the Universe for the 3rd Annual Universe Day
A Cosmic Orientation: The evolution of our consciousness and our culture is an awe-inspiring task, but I believe it is possible for anyone who cares deeply enough about it. Those of us who feel compelled by the evolutionary impulse must be willing to embrace the dramatic scale at which the life-process is operating. When we awaken to the fact that we are part of a fourteen-billion-year process that is going somewhere, we begin to see our own day-to-day, moment-to-moment choices in a literally cosmic context. We see our own presence here on earth in relationship to the evolution of the cosmos itself.
This cosmic orientation is essential if we are to succeed in taking the next evolutionary step. If our orientation is not that big, we are always going to fall short. Our habitual ways of thinking are just too small-minded, petty, and personal. In order for authentic, profound, and meaningful transformation to occur, we have to make the effort to see all of our choices in this cosmic context. And that, in itself, is evolution. That's what our next step is: awakening to a cosmic orientation to being a human being, here on earth, right now.
--- Andrew Cohen
Andrew Cohen is an international spiritual teacher, cultural visionary, and founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and its award-winning publication EnlightenNext magazine. Since 1986, Cohen has been traveling the world giving public lectures and leading intensive retreats. Through his writings, teachings, and ongoing dialogues with leading philosophers, scientists, and mystics, he has become known as one of the defining voices of the new evolutionary spirituality.