By Loyal D. Rue
In a compelling learn for someone drawn to the place we got here from and the place we are going, Everybody's tale bargains an exciting travel of ordinary historical past that illuminates the evolution of topic, lifestyles, and recognition. As outdated myths, spiritual tales, and different shared narratives of humankind are more and more considered as intellectually fantastic and morally inappropriate, they turn into much less more likely to satisfy their unique purpose-to supply humans solutions and supply a feeling of balance and peace in way of life. dependable Rue restores that imbalance with a brand new tale according to truth. Rue, writer of a brand new York occasions impressive booklet of 1994, by means of the Grace of Guile: The function of Deception in traditional historical past in Human Affairs, now offers an evolutionary journey recounting our shared "epic of evolution"
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The chief commanded virtually all the symbolic and Page 16 material resources of the group, enabling him to manipulate at will the emotional effectors (and thus the behavior) of his subjects. All members of the group affirmed kinship to one another by their common descent (usually contrived) from the chief's clan. And the dominance of the chief himself was typically legitimated by the myth of divine favor. Cooperation within the group was assured by the logic of dependence and venerationthe chief was perceived with awe, a majestic and generous figure whose wishes brought willful compliance from individuals throughout the realm.
It is simply a measure of the degree to which a group is able to create the conditions for personal success. Progressive nations are, therefore, aggressive onesthose managing to assemble commercial, military, political, and technological elements into formulas for economic growth. Economic growth means that conditions at home will be generally favorable for individuals to advance their goals for personal success. The stan- Page 7 dard for personal success is not complicated either. It measures the degree to which individuals have the means to get whatever they want.
Of those I do know, however, there are none failing to stress the point that life itself is a gift of incomparable worth, always to be appreciated and never to be taken for granted. My own experience has been no exception. As a child I attended Sunday school faithfully, there to hear stories from the Bible that invariably left me with the sense that I was blessed, Page xii that the life I had was not of my own making but rather a gift of transcendent grace. After hearing the Bible stories we children would respond together in singing the following verse: I love to tell the story Of unseen things above, Of Jesus and his glory, Of Jesus and his love.