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Imagine you’ve left the old story behind. You know, the one that takes for granted that earth belongs to humans to exploit at will. You’ve started a hike into the unknown. There’s no map and for all you know you could be going in circles. You turn around and see the smog on the horizon, and in that moment you realize that even if you’re lost and without a map, you’re still on the right track.

Campfire Stories is a platform for film that wants to find and affect the root cause of our global issues, instead of just pointing out the symptoms.

An Unlearning – my meeting with Charles Eisenstein (25 mins)

Throughout the latter stages of my childhood and into my teens I had a feeling that things somehow weren’t the way they were supposed to be. That there was something wrong with … how should I put it? … with how life was presented to me. The reasons given for learning to sit still in school. The importance that seemed to be attached to doing your homework and getting good grades.

But none of my friends, family or teachers seemed to echo that feeling, so I pushed it away. I got with the program. Did ok in school. Grew up. Pursued a career. Traveled. Did the things that young adults were supposed to do. And that feeling of something being wrong, I shoved into some dark corner of my consciousness.

A few years ago a book came my way, like books sometimes do. It was called “The Ascent of Humanity”, written by Charles Eisenstein. It turns out he too had a feeling growing up that things weren’t the way they were meant to. Only he’d been able to pinpoint where the wrongness stemmed from, and offer up an alternative to the ways passed down to us. The book changed my life.

By some stroke of synchronicity, Charles Eisenstein was recently invited to my hometown to parttake in a seminar at something called the Youth Initiative Program. I sent a message to Charles through the contact form of his website, not expecting an answer. But an answer I got: “Charles is happy to meet with you while in Sweden.”

To see a trailer, click here.

If you want more of Charles Eisenstein, check out our interview series with him as well.

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An Unlearning (25 min)

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