Excerpt from: Awakening The Hero Within, HuffPost Impact
February 2, 2016 by Steven and Michael Meloan
Authors of 'The Shroud'
It appears that science is now confirming what has long been intuitively recognized--a primal resonance with story as a means of processing the world. It is an arc spanning from ancient epic tales, to modern Hollywood adventures, to the altruistic exploits of desktop Cyber Heroes, with up to 100 million now documented as having engaged in online activities directed toward "helping other people, animals, and the environment." And the computer gaming world is increasingly taking heed--with such initiatives as Games for Change, Zynga.org, and the Cyberhero League.
Story and myth allow us to better understand the past, and to envision a greater future. It is a uniquely human gift and predilection. And recognizing that we are literally hard-wired for such narratives, allows us to better harness such transformational possibilities--personally, and culturally. As Anthropologist Margaret Mead once noted, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
The call to adventure awaits us all--and brain circuits are standing-by. Let your imaginations soar.
Steven and Michael Meloan are authors of "The Shroud," a science-adventure novel exploring the spiritual impulse, tribalism and its manifestations in human behavior, and the intersection between science and spirituality