A series of catastrophes almost destroyed the human species at the dawn of history. The heavens that seem so peaceful and orderly nowadays fell apart in ﬂaming chunks that all but consumed life on earth. Ancient myths and scriptures teem with sweeping accounts of world destruction. Rock formations abound with violent traces of it.
As communal support systems are wiped out, survivors go mad with grief, anguish, terror and despair. They lose the prosocial orientation that is the moral compass of our mammalian biology. They dream up bizarre myths and bloodthirsty rituals to cope with doomsday trauma. They devise punitive laws and vengeful judgments to ﬁx the broken relations between human beings. The farthest-reaching impact of celestial calamities lay in a reversal of the poles of our mental (not magnetic) universe. The tradition of angry gods, presiding over the apocalyptic end of life, is enshrined as the fountainhead of religious and civilized authority. And the evolutionary legacy of affection and nurture that ensures the biological survival of our species loses its primacy and falls by the wayside.
The takeaway lesson of The Reparenting Revolution is that our social and political order is not a product of rational thinking. It is a relic of a doomsday psychology and the dysfunctional patterns of behavior that grew out of it. Realigning the poles of our mental universe requires that we debunk the received wisdom that the principle of power is the only pragmatic basis for organizing society. The power structure has always been a crazy holdover from a time of celestial catastrophes when a handful of survivors were far too traumatized by the breakdown of cosmic order to think clearly about organizing the social order. Conversely, the science of love proves to be at the heart of our psychobiology. Far from being a utopian or starry-eyed guide of human action, it turns out to be the only sane, practical and down-to-earth foundation for organizing human society.