Describing the book, host Cyrus Webb declared:
"I have to say, there are some things I feel happen at a particular time, for a reason, and I think this book is definitely one of those things. This is the type of book that everyone needs right now."
"A New Myth for America" is a book of inspiration and hope, an attempt to flesh out a new vision of America - a dream of America that has lain dormant and unfulfilled since the beginning of time - a dream founded not only upon a vision of justice and liberty and equality, but upon the unexpressed and limitless potential of each man and woman across the face of this mythic land.
The book begins:
"Every great civilization has had its own myth, a cosmic story of how we fit into the universe, a divine story of who we are and where we came from.
"Now all the old myths have crumbled to dust.
"What we crave is a new consciousness, a new time, new stories, new heroes and heroines, dragons and great knights upon black steeds, the battle, the quest - a story that encompasses the heavens and suns and stars and galaxies and black holes and universes beyond number, yet is bolted down to rocks and rivers and flowers and thunder and rain, finding its tale reverberating through the bones and marrow and hearts of the blacksmith, the nanny, the insurance salesman, the ice cream vendor, the teacher, banker, garbage collector, shoe repairman, mechanic, musician....
"It takes place here and now.
"The real, true dream of America."
What is this new myth for America?
Author Hilgendorf states:
"The new myth is the individual human being, grounded in eternity, and living from the core of eternity, right here, right now, nowhere else, not after you die. It is coming to the realization that you and the vast universe around you are one, and that you possess the capacity to express the power of that universe through your very own heart and mind and life."
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James Hilgendorf is the author of five books: "Life & Death: A Buddhist Perspective";