Back to the Future: Reclaiming Our Partnership Culture and Saving Humanity

Back to the Future: Reclaiming Our Partnership Culture and Saving Humanity

“For millennia, humans have imagined a peaceful and just world,” say Riane Eisler and Douglas Fry, in their monumental book, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future. “Sometimes we only imagined this world in an afterlife. But over the last centuries, many of us have imagined it right here on Earth. Not a utopia, not a perfect world. But a world where peace is more than just an interval between wars, where dire poverty, brutal oppression, insensitivity, cruelty, and despair are no longer ‘just the way things are.’” 

In my recent article, “The Ship of Civilization is Sinking: Do Not Lose Hope. Find Your Tribe,” I shared the vision of our future world I was given in a sweat lodge ceremony in 1995 and four truths revealed by the vision:

  • “Civilization” is a misnomer. Its proper name is the “Dominator culture.” 
  • There is a better world beyond civilization.
  • Do not lose hope. We were made for these times.
  • Find your tribe outside the confines of the Dominator culture.

Here, I’ll share four more truths that can guide those who are ready to reclaim “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible,” as my colleague Charles Eisenstein puts it. 

1. Partnership cultures flourished for two million years.

Riane Eisler is a systems scientist, cultural historian, and President of the Center for Partnership Studies. Douglas P. Fry, is internationally renowned as a peace anthropologist….

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