Elders

Whereas in our culture we tend to look up to people who have status, power, or money, in a traditional culture these would be looked upon as superficial values. An elder is not someone who is "successful" according to these standards. Rather, they have demonstrated a hard-won wisdom that comes from making personal sacrifices on behalf of their people. They may have little money, but they are rich in experience.

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The Big Chill:

For many eons, our ancestors regularly gathered around the fire. Here they shared the big stories that gave life meaning. Around the fire, they laughed, danced and reaffirmed their bonds to one another. Here they encountered the Great Mystery. Through heart and fire, they found their connection to the deep wisdom of those who came before them. This state of grace is celebrated in the story of Genesis as the Garden of Eden before the Fall. The great march of history from Eden to virtual reality is really a retreat from the warmth of the heart into the coldness of the mind. 

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