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This episode of Living Myth addresses the hollowing of institutions and the loss of values and principles that people expect to serve as guide posts in life.  Taking up the theme of “creeping nihilism,” Michael Meade shows how a society can make enough false moves and sound enough false notes that life begins to feel empty of purpose and hollow of meaning.  He offers that the antidote to nihilism must involve a return of idealism that involves both elders and youth. He reviews cultural movements like “never again”, “me too” and “black lives matter” as attempts to reclaim the force of idealism in a culture in turmoil.

We are all here to be makers, to become articulators of the ongoing creation of the world. That’s what truly makes history, that’s what transforms the world when it needs to be transformed, when it needs to be remade and reborn from the depths of the souls of the people living in it. For we are not here to be passive witnesses of our age but to be its makers and its articulators.
 

Listener Comments

"This podcast has become one of my most valued influences in my life.  Michael Meade speaks with such heart and passes on such wisdom.  I highly recommend "Living Myth" for anyone who has a soul yearning to keep a finger on the pulse of humanity."

“I cannot recommend this podcast more highly. It is true art/poetry/story medicine and an antidote for the divisive messages surrounding us.”

"Meade knows his stuff.  He knows the expansive world of myths, imagination, fairy tales and poetry.  By drawing on his knowledge he gives an inspiring and fresh perspective on what's happening politically, environmentally and spiritually."

"The wisdom and deep perspective that flows through Michael Meade is medicine for me in these times of radical change and uncertainty."  

"Meade is a true gift in my life and healing force in our crazy world.  I listen faithfully for the wisdom and insights he shares and find his weaving of ancient mythology and modern psyche a reassuring voice for true soulfulness to rise in our hearts and souls."                    

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