All the stories provided us by our society, that drive the wheels of our civilization, and by which we “navigate reality” such as, prominently, the myth of progress, tend to undermine the natural strength we have as human beings; they teach us we are separate from nature and must fear it, that we exist in a reality that is limited to the material, they pit reason and feeling against each other and thus exile the upstart imagination, all of which discourage individual agency and initiative.
A religious ideal would ground me outside conventional notions of the world and my relation to it and put me into a different “meta-story” such as indigenous people have. It would place on me an expectation that I – and everyone in the community – would undertake a lifelong process of experience and learning from my experience. Without such an outsider place to stand, there’s no way to step outside the civilization that is killing the planet, including for “the best and the brightest among us” (which our liberal establishment tends to be).
-- Kim Domenico