The word “empire” has been in the air lately, apparently since the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
And it was in our daily musings that I coined the term “Age of Reckoning” to sum up a lot of what’s going on in our time, from Black Lives Matter truths to the removal of Confederate statues; from the greater awareness that the founders and icons of the United States, such as Jefferson and Washington, were slave owners (and the former had a slave mistress with whom he fathered several children), to the trauma passed down through generations among so many colonized indigenous peoples; from the realities of the British Empire to its transition to Commonwealth status and more.
And the headlines tell us daily about Mr. Putin’s ambition to become the 21ststr century king who feels free and anointed to invade a neighboring sovereign state whenever he wants, United Nations charters and international laws be damned.
Yes, empires and colonialism have been with us for a long time. In fact, David Korten, one of the great prophets of our time and author When corporations rule the world wrote another book which is at the end of the age of empires – and which may replace it. He named it The Great Upheaval: From Empire to Earth Community.
Joanna Macy called it the book we’ve been waiting for. We are not condemned to domination and suicidal competition. We can choose a different story. This is the “Big Turn”.
Note that the “Great Upheaval” means a departure from dominance and suicidal competition, that is, a departure from patriarchy and the reptilian mind of the brain, which is all about dominance, dualism, and suicide, or what Adrienne Rich called “fatalistic self-hatred.”
Are we witnessing the last gasps of the age of empires? And how thoroughly did it govern the patriarchal worldview for 5,000 years? Is this the good news that emerges from the crises of our time?
Can our common enemies, climate change and the demise of our Mother Earth, help us think globally and with Earth Consciousness, a story that moves us beyond empire-building and beyond nation-state idolatry?
There will be a continuation
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transformation of Evil in the Soul and Societyespecially chapters 2-4 on the sacred flesh of the Universe, Earth and people, p. 21-130.
See also Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Tahona Indian women lead the 2019 Tucson Women’s March in a show of strength, resilience and power. The mark of this woman said: My mother, sisters, aunts and grandmothers are sacred. Her son was next to her. International Women’s Day photo Dulcie Lima on Unsplash
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