I've been an Emeritus English Professor for going on fifteen years now and I never did stop writing. I've shot and printed some award-winning photographs, I provide giclée reproductions for artists in my neighborhood, and Katie and I do quite a bit of traveling. Now I want to pull a bunch of my written pieces together, and this looks like a good way to go about it.
Sub-title: How Experience Came to be Valued so Highly by People in the West. A chronological account of how authority figures in Western Civilization first considered experience unimportant but in time came to value it very highly. Readers will spend time with many of these authority figures and 'hear' what they have to say for themselves.
Scott Lape wants to awaken us to the evolutionary phase-change going on all around us. He calls us to join up, get aboard, swell the crowd, walk with him and others into a new world.
He says the signs are all around us, plain for everyone to see, that we are about to move beyond a phase of human history built on an impaired, a divided human consciousness. The world is too much divided into self and other, us and them, dominant and submissive. It's a world run by systems with lives of their own destroying both the human race and the earth. He calls this Stage 2, "mind consciousness."
Before that, during our hunter/gatherer days, "we lived in direct contact with Nature, in what I call Stage 1 or 'body' consciousness. We belonged without question to the flow of fire, water, earth, and air, with no awareness of separation from each other or the living world" (p. 7).
Growing numbers of people, Lape points out, are moving on into "sprit" consciousness, enjoying a new level of freedom and creativity, and slowly building the infrastructure of a Stage 3 world, "a world in which every human being can flourish, a society that exalts humanity and nature both" (p. 97).
It's an old-fashioned kind of book in a way, maybe in the tradition of Tom Paine's "Age of Reason," declaring that the king is dead and warning tyrants that their days are numbered. Lape does some cheerleading for this new day that is about to dawn, and occasionally his enthusiasm carries him over the top, but the positive mood, and the enthusiasm, is very refreshing at this cynical time.
We need positive messages, and Lape provides us one. This is a solidly built little book and pretty well guaranteed to raise your spirits.