A non-narrative foundational storyA narrative foundational storyAn emergence story
The world is ordered and everything has its appropiate place in it. "To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude." ... John McCain "his priorities don't address the real problems of the American people, because they are bound to the failed policies of the past." ... Barack Obama
One may be uncertain about whether one has found/fulfilled one's appropriate role The uncertainty of the future requires the greatest experience of the past The uncertainty of the future opens the possibility of creating things as yet unseen
Fate may assist one along one's path to finding/fulfilling that role Worry about the influence of chance Appreciate the existence of chance
Choose among possibilities in terms of the eternal order. Among things that have existed, some are better than others. Choose those. All things that have existed can be improved on. Create from existing things new things that have as few of the previously existing problems as possible and open in turn new possibilities to explore.
life is an opportunity to play one's role in the eternal order. Life is a test. Regret one's failures, regard them as expressive of limitations that one will hopefully learn in the future to overcome. Life is an ongoing experiment in creation. Look forward to seeing what happens next, whatever one does.
Nothing changes in any significant way The past is the guide to the future The past is the grist from which futures can be made