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The Planet: New Visions

April 28, 2013

April 27, 2013

This afternoon I watched a fascinating film: gorgeous images from all over the world projected onto a dome with commentary designed to introduce viewers to an entirely new way of looking and thinking about the environmental issues of our planet. The narrators talked about the importance and power of storytelling in disseminating this new vision. YES! I thought… finally a group of people with an exciting new vision recognize the power of this oldest form of human expression. But then- the narrator began talking about the irrelevance of the old mythologies: the creation myths and traditional legends which, in this new digital age, have lost their power to motivate and move people – and I bristled. I BEG TO DIFFER! These ancient stories have lasted for centuries. Why? Because they can speak to modern audiences IF they are presented by a skilled performer who has taken the trouble to connect them to the 21st century. I remember, a few years ago, the riveting performance of a storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival. Using only a 12 string guitar as accompaniment, he re-created over thirty different characters in his re-telling of Homer’s “Odyssey”. Six hundred people sat, mesmerized by the revitalization of this ancient story, stunned by it’s relevance to our modern world. And this connection to the ancient myths is not relegated to professional performers. I have seen 5th and 6th graders in a local Waldorf School do vivid recreations of Greek myths and talk about the power of their messages. So – we don’t need “new” myths. Instead, we need visionary teachers and performers who can revitalize these old stories and demonstrate the continuing power of their messages.

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