I read as many Q&A's on the website as I could stand and did not find my
question or answer, so here goes...
What works is what has been tested over Time....the big Time, not just
little time. I agree with what I understood from The Story of B, that a person
of one culture can't just "become" a member of an existing tribe or culture or
adopt their laws and customs and expect it to work for them. We don't really
know what the original laws and customs of the Tak were to be able to draw
from them now. So, aren't we (the "world-savers") in just as much danger of
creating/inventing laws and customs that are equally unworkable because they
...and the response:
Iíve nowhere recommended "creating/inventing laws and customs" as a means
of saving the world ófor exactly the reason you cite. On the contrary, Iíve
said explicitly that this is NOT where our hope lies. In The Story of B I
said: "If the world is saved, it will not be by old minds with new programs
but by new minds with no programs at all" (and reiterated this in Beyond
Civilization). In Beyond Civilization I went on to say: "Most programs take
this form: Outlaw the thing thatís bothering you, catch people who do it, and
put them in jail." I go on to say: "Old minds think: We have to write tougher
and more comprehensive laws." The world is not going to be saved by passing
new laws (or inventing new customs).
If youíre still in doubt about what I AM
saying, I strongly recommend to you the speech entitled "The New Renaissance"
(http://ishmael.org/Education/Writings/The_New_Renaissance.shtml), which Iíve
described as "a concise expression of the basic message of all my books."
Courtesy of Daniel Quinn's "The Holy", Ishmael Community.
See original at < http://www.ishmael.com/Interaction/QandA/Detail.CFM?Record=589