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“The biosphere is our true progenitor... Consider it Sacred!”

You may see this phrase throughout this site because we are hoping it will "stick" in your mind, and spread like one of Dawkins' memes.

What is a meme?

The word "meme" originated with Richard Dawkins' 1976 book The Selfish Gene. To emphasize commonality with genes, Dawkins coined the term "meme" by shortening "mimeme", from the Greek word mimema ("something imitated").

Memes are ideas or beliefs that are transmitted from one person or group of people to another. Memes may evolve by natural selection, in a manner similar to that of biological evolution.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote, "A meme is an idea that behaves like a virus - that moves through a population, taking hold in each person it infects."

It is our belief that this is one meme that just might save our species.

Catch the "meme" and spread it

The germ of the message we hope to convey is this: "The biosphere is our true progenitor... Consider it Sacred!" We hope this idea will be contagious and will spread like a virus. We hope that once you have looked through this site you will also become infected. When enough of us share the same world view, the idea will reach a "tipping point" and become an epidemic.

How many of us like-minded people will it take to reach a tipping point in the way the world conceives of the Sacred? How long will it take? You can make a difference!

Image credits for this page:
Why Men Made God cover: Michel Fortin and Rod Fleming

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C O - C R E A T E T H E N E W P A R A D I G M

Contribute, share, participate

There has never, in all the history of the Universe, been anyone quite like you. You have a unique set of skills and abilities, and nobody else can do exactly what you can do.

The individuals listed below have all used their particular skills to contributed to the site (and thus to helping make the world a better place). Everything counts. If you would like to participate, contact us with your ideas.

Thank you!

We are grateful to the following people for their contributions (in order of receipt):
David Finlay Original image: Water appears on the earth
Dave Dunbar Original image: Early human ancestors
Ariel Janzen Original image: My Place in the Universe
Cedric Puddy and Steph Smith Technical advice and web hosting
Michel Fortin Logo, layout, animated Home page image sequence
Karis Burkowski/Netscapades Development of web pages and content
Michel Fortin Original image: Circle of influence
R. A. Fleming and Michel Fortin Original image: Why Men Made God book cover

We are the ones we have been waiting for

Why are we spending our time, energy and resources to build this web site? Most of the contributors to this site have (to paraphrase Alice Walker) already lived long and fruitful lives, lives with which we are content. We feel that during this period of "eldering" it is time to share our understanding of what is important.

Why Men Made God book coverThe book, "Why Men Made God", written by R.A. Fleming and K. Burkowski and published under the Redefining the Sacred (Int'l) imprint, traces the development of Western culture from the time our ancestors left Africa and began to colonise the globe to the present moment. It analyses the archaeological, mythological, historical, sociological and anthropological evidence, following the specific thread in the human cultural narrative that led us to where we are today. At every turn, it provides well-researched evidence for its case.

The authors’ conclusions are shocking and challenging. They show that the primary impetus for the development of Western culture was greed and exploitation on the grand scale. They show that without radical change, our future as a species is uncertain.

Why Men Made God does more than all of this, however. It spells out what we have to do in order to regain equilibrium and rebalance the world. What we have to do in order to assure our own future, and that of our children.

Why Men Made God may be one of the most important books of the decade.

"Perhaps we can build a web of Earthlings. Friends who, though they may never meet in person share the belief that there is much to do and the willingness to do it. Earthlings know that we are the Earth. The idea that we are separate from the Earth is an illusion. It will take a lot of work to shatter that illusion and help all people think of themselves as Earthlings first. Let's get busy."   ~ RTS   (Inspired by Alice Walker)

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