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Talking about Apocalypse and Why the World Doesn't End: Interview Transcript Michael Meade

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So after that, they have a  boy, he's healthy, the mother's healthy, everyone is happy, and the mother then spends several days in quiet connection to her newborn child.  In the meantime, word goes out to the entire village, because everybody's interested because each child born is a gift to the village.  Then they're told now it's time, several days later, to come and see the mother and the newborn child and be present for the naming ceremony.  Everybody comes, and they choose a name for this child Poder, which means luck; Poder, which means fortune; Poder which means ability; Poder which means strength.  They give that name to this boy. 

 

Then everyone celebrates.  Both the woman becoming a mother, because that used to be a point of initiation, and the child that has entered the world.  And they didn't see the gifts of the child, but they know each child is gifted, and people used to wait to receive the gifts of their children; so children weren't a burden that cost you so much to raise and even more to educate, they were actually little gift-givers coming into the world. 

 

So all that happens, and once that's over, the midwife takes the gifts, the cloak and the gourd, and she leaves the village and heads out into what they call the holy hills, and out in the holy hills she gives those gifts to some people out there.  She comes back.  Life goes on.  The boy goes through the ups and downs of boyhood and childhood, and he has good days and he has bad days, he is loved, and he is abandoned as well - like everybody else. 

 

But one day he begins to question.  He enters the period we call adolescence or the beginning of youth.  And with youth, it's not just hormones that increase, but also the dream life of people increases, and their sense that they need a quest, or that they have burning questions happens.  His questions are  "Do I have something to give to this world, and does this world have something to give to me?"  Well, he can't answer the questions, and he thinks of the midwife that everybody says is so wise.  And so he goes to her and asks her, "What do I do with these burning questions?  Do I have something to give to the world, and does the world have something to do to me?"  And she says, rather than "Go see a therapist," or "Pick a career," or "Join the revolution," she says, "It's time for you to leave the village, and go out to the Holy Hills and carry your questions out there to the world."  So he takes his leave of his parents and heads out to the hills.

 continued in part two of the interview transcript, coming soon. 

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