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Why the World Doesn't End

Tales of Renewal in Times of Loss
Paperback Book
Mosaic Multicultural Foundation
October, 2012
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Starting with the sense that the contemporary world is uncertain and fragmented, troubled with tragedy and fraught with inauthenticity, mythologist Meade seeks for hints of renewal amidst the rattling and the rubble. At a time when people expect the world to come to an end because of global warming or nuclear nightmares, at the hand of wrathful deities or the prediction of ancient calendars, Meade offers surprising tales of renewal as well as an in-depth treatise on the psychology and mythology of the end of an era.

Nightmare scenarios of the end may turn out to be a dramatic device intended to awaken people to deeper levels of awareness as life reaches not a final end, but a vital edge of revelation rippling with sudden disclosures and new discoveries, and pregnant with surprising insights. Although disorientation and disorder are essential aspects of apocalypsis, so are revelation, innovation and renewal.

Looking deeper than simple apocalyptic scenarios, the author follows a knowing thread back to ancient notions of “apocalypsis” as a liminal period marking the passage between one era and the next. Apocalypsis involves eruptions in nature and disruptions of culture, but also makes possible revelations of a unifying principle and guiding force in each life. Apocalypsis uncovers the hidden unity that connects all of life; but only after the surface of life cracks and the expected patterns fail. He describes a time of indeterminate length when people face the choice of assisting with the renewal of the world or falling under the spell of collective anxieties and doomsday predictions.

Storyteller and renowned mythologist Michael Meade has many audio CDs and his books also include The Water of Life and Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of the Soul. For more info, visit his website:

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