THE CONSTELLATION PROJECT
Humanity has arrived at a crossroads. Enormous technological and scientific breakthroughs have allowed a reshaping of the world to meet human needs. As a result of these discoveries and innovations, too often, Nature has become collateral damage. A myth of human exceptionalism has emerged that says we are distinct from Nature and can prosper at its expense. Indigenous peoples and various cultures worldwide know otherwise. Their stories passed down through the generations speak to a sense of reciprocity and kinship with the Earth. Now, people around the globe are awakening to the recognition that the disruption of Nature’s systems and rhythms has reached a scale that imperils all life on Earth. A singular intelligence to destroy the integrity of the planet has exceeded our collective wisdom to protect it.
The myth of human exceptionalism has created a rupture between humanity and the natural world we depend on. The reverence and awe most feel toward Nature have lost their authority in guiding decisions. To heal this rupture, we need different stories – a new fabric woven with threads from the world’s faith traditions, Indigenous knowledge, with science, literature, and the arts to reassert our species’ spiritual connection to the Earth. The story of exceptionalism, of extraction, domination, scarcity, and ultimately, extinction must give way to emerging stories and values of interdependence, equity, abundance, regeneration and renaissance.
The Constellation Project is committed to curating such stories, each one a small point of light offered up into the night sky, to form new constellations out of which meaning can be made to answer the only question that matters: How shall we live?