Memories and Visions of Paradise: Exploring the Universal Myth of a Lost Golden Age

This collection of myths about a lost golden age by Richard Heinberg asks fundamental questions. Do these ancient stories, so similar in content, though drawn from societies widely separated both geographically and culturally, point to actual historical events? Are they actual accounts of environmental catastrophes and climatic change severe enough to be described as a "loss of paradise"? Are they a distorted memory of childhood, when we were all free from responsibility and our needs completely met by others? Or do they refer to a state of consciousness we collectively leave behind as we acquire new technologies and experiment with social orders that alienate us from the ground from which we emerged? And, if this is true, is it inevitable that mankind be driven out of paradise? Is the loss permanent? Or is it possible for modern human beings to live again in harmony with nature?

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