A young woman returns after being gone from the South for many years, and she carries Eckhardt Tolle's The Power of Now. She's made a mess of her life following this philosophy, one that's a continuation of the Be Here Now social engineering of the sixties.
Be Here Now - be without a deep ancestral past, wisdom of experience, a sense of building character. In the story I'm writing -- a character very like me, of course, and in real life, I've felt most lost and in exile, when I've jumped the timeline of my heritage, and been in the present, rootless.
It felt unnatural for me to lose contact with my Southern roots, though it's hard to keep it alive even now, in the midst of the chaos-culture that screams for our attention. But a folk without a past, one that's based on an authentic history, not one weaponized against them, is one that's prey for manipulators.
Then there's the future, the one we're creating from today, but that's also hijacked by the chaos-culture with non-stop dystopian visions. Dr. Hans Utter has started to connect the phenomenon of culture creation (social engineering) to the everyday lives we live, and the loss of our TIME, the most important thing we have. Here's part one of three parts, highly recommended.