Over the last 2500 years, we have evolved from oral storytelling cultures focused on direct experience of the world around us to literate cultures focused knowledge gleaned from books and libraries.
Our journey toward literacy began with pictograms connected to natural phenomena and later evolved into alphabetic scripts that have allowed us to abstract meaning separate from the natural world.
This graphic below depicts the evolution of today’s English Alphabet:
While this power of abstraction has given us enormous power and control of the world around us, we have lost the deep connection to our ecology and the animated land of other living beings that was once the normal state of human beings.
In this video, I share my thoughts about oral storytelling as a practice of connecting to the animate ecology around us and why our obsession with thinking and the elevation of abstraction over sensory experience is a big part of the reason why we’ve become so separate from nature today.