Flourish in the Future
The goal of this website is to present the Epic of Evolution in ways that inspire you to create a flourishing future. Learning about our magnificent 14 billion year journey can expand your sense of possibility. This amazing story of the past enlarges our imaginations with creative new possibilities for the future.
Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal
The goal is that by the year 2023, 23 percent of the world’s population is flourishing with an inspiring evolutionary world view that encourages them to contribute to the ongoing renewal of sentient life of Earth and beyond. By 2030, everyone on planet Earth is flourishing and contributing to the ongoing joy of life on planet Earth and beyond.
When I first started this Epic of Evolution web site in 2005, this goal seemed beyond possibility. For starters, most people on the planet were struggling to to survive. Second, most people didn’t accept biological evolution as their Creation Story. Fifteen years later, so much has changed. While many people continue to struggle, for most people, life is better that it was 15 years ago. If you listen to the news, it may seem that life has gotten much worse. Although problems seem much bigger now than they did 20 years ago, the truth is, our awareness of the problems is bigger. And this awareness is great news. Greater awareness means that solutions are closer. Paradoxically, awareness of problems is half the solution. But if you look at the data, so much much progress has happened in other areas, that the goal of a flourishing population seems within reach.
Also, in the past 15 years, thanks to the Internet, scientific data is available to most people on the planet and the science of evolution is taken as a given. Not only does evolution explain how humans evolved, it explains our psychology, our appetites, and how our planet changes over time.
The human imagination is a powerful creative force, one that has altered the future of life on this planet. The Epic of Evolution inspires our imagination because it reveals a world that is far more spectacular and awesome that anyone could imagine without the gift of science. The first step in creating a flourishing future is imagining that future.
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By the year 2023, 23 percent of the world’s population is flourishing with a positive evolutionary world view that inspires them to contribute to the the ongoing continuation of sentient life of Earth and beyond.
“The epic of evolution is science translated into meaningful story.” ~ Connie Barlow
“Our human destiny is integral with the destiny of the earth.” ~ Thomas Berry
“If you study an old-fashioned television screen up close, you’ll see dots of different colors dancing in front of your eyes. You’ll think you are looking at chaos. But stand back, and you will see a picture full of meaning. Something like this happens over and over again as we study the past. Stand too close to the details and it’s hard to see anything but the idiosyncratic actions of individual human beings. Big history helps us stand back from the details and see the patterns. By doing so, it can transform our ideas of what history is about.” ~ David Christian
“As the first truly global creation story, the evolutionary epic has the potential to unite rather than to divide humanity.” ~ David Christian
“Evolution is neither random nor predetermined, but rather an intelligent dance between organism and environment.” ~ Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman
“After all, what nobler thought can one cherish than that the universe lives within us all?” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Without a meaningful evolutionary worldview it’s impossible to understand yourself, your world, or what’s needed for humanity to survive and thrive in the coming decades.” ~ Michael Dowd
“I find the epic of evolution, from the “Hot Big Bang” to Homo sapiens, an illumination of how the Creator God is and has been creating.” ~ Arthur Peacocke, Biochemist and Priest
“The stories of evolution have the power to unite all peoples.” ~ Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan
“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” ~ Theodosius Dobzhansky
“It has taken millions of years to make preparations for what we are now to accomplish in this one lifetime. . . . such is the amazement of GOD’s hand . . . known to us as evolution”. ~ Guru Singh
“There is grandeur in this view of life.” ~ Charles Darwin