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Adam Read

Adam Read

The Ancient Authors of the Future

The on-ramp to hope is built through carefully developed narratives, as hope is a function of the future, and the only path to the future is by way of one's own personal story line.

[hope : f(future); and
future : f(personal story)]

But our future is not just a function of our own story line, is it? More accurately, it is the intersection of both our story line, the stories of those around us, the stories of our predecessors, and even those who will come after us. In truth, then, our own personal future is a function of the story of humanity and the meta-narratives we choose to write for ourselves as a species.

[True Future : f(Chosen Meta-Narrative)]

What I don't think we have yet realized, however, is that we were the ones to create our ancient narratives and we are the ones that can choose to rewrite them. It was those narratives that patterned our assumptions and set our ancestors on a course of highly predictable behavior. After all, "the pattern that is most repeated will be the most influential."

Thus, it appears that the future of humanity will not be peacefully resolved by repeating the same stories we have told ourselves for so very long, but by either writing a new narrative entirely (a task that might be too surmountable to achieve) or by expanding the ancient narratives and cradling them in a much larger story.

But perhaps we are not willing to accept one-narrative-fits-all anymore. Perhaps it is our right of passage to draft our own prequels for the ancient authors so that we might honor the old yet pattern and forecast a much better future than what our predecessors might have envisioned. In this manner, we take on both the right and the responsibility to be the ancient authors of the future by proving to ourselves that "the beginning" was never a true beginning at all, but an introduction to the characters and story in the middle of the plot.

Adam Read