“Aubrey was absolutely magical, enchanting, and captivating. In fact, one of our Rabbis stated that he was the best storyteller that he has ever heard!”
Rachel Kamin, Director, Temple Israel Libraries & Media Center, West Bloomfield MI
“Aubrey Davis defies superlatives. His repertoire is amazing and his ability to hold the audience’s attention is legendary. He can tell stories to preschoolers and elementary school students as well as their parents….He is very creative and chooses his stories to match the audience in front of him. The adults (teachers, parents, older students) were as mesmerized as were the children. “
Penny Fransblow, Head: Norman Berman Children’s Library, Montreal, April 2012
IDEAS THAT SHAPED OUR MODERN WORLD: Connecting With the Gods: ANCIENT CHINA Chinese civilization dates back 5,000 years to mythical & legendary individuals who ruled the fertile Yellow River valley of what we know today as #China. These pivotal figures established the basic ethos of Chinese culture & would influence the great Axial Age thinkers of the region over 2,000 years later. www.humanjourney.us/ideas-that-shaped-our-modern-world-section/early-civilizations-china/
During his lifetime Idries Shah promoted contacts and connections between different traditions around the world, believing this to be an important element in the advancement of human culture.
In this spirit, The Idries Shah Foundation has created ‘Cultural Crossroads’, a website forum where people from many walks of life are invited to talk about their own experiences crossing cultural boundaries, and the lessons that they have learned as a result.
IDEAS THAT SHAPED OUR MODERN WORLD: Connecting with the Gods: ARCHAIC GREECE “From there we sailed with heavy hearts, & came to the land of the Cyclopes, a lawless, aggressive people, who never lift their hands to plant or plough, but rely on the immortal gods. …The Cyclopes have no council meetings, no code of law, but live in echoing caves on the mountain slopes, & each man lays down the law to his wives & children, & disregards his neighbours.” Book IX, Homer’s The Odyssey www.humanjourney.us/ideas-that-shaped-our-modern-world-section/early-civilizations-greece/
THE BRONZE AGE COLLAPSE Could a series of catastrophes over a century or more, have led to the final collapse of the Bronze Age civilizations in the Aegean, Egypt & the Near East after nearly two thousand years of growth & prosperity. Historian Eric Cline thinks so: “We must now turn to the idea of a systems collapse, a systemic failure with both a domino & multiplier effect, from which even such a globalized international, vibrant, inter-societal network as was present during the Late Bronze Age could not recover.” Are there lessons here for our own time?https://www.humanjourney.us/ideas-that-shaped-our-modern-world-section/the-bronze-age-collapse/
Photo: Captive “Sea Peoples” from a relief at Medinet Habu temple