Creating a New Mind: Monarchs as a Metaphor for Humanity

Monarch butterfly

Creating a New Mind: Monarchs as a Metaphor for Humanity
Byron Library, Saturday July 15th 10:30am
Presenter: Renée Phillips

Humanity is undergoing big changes–changes that will allow us to reach new heights–but the process involves giving up the old structures. It can be a scary time if we don’t take time to step back and look at the potentialities being realized.

Caterpillars molt their skin when they become restrictive–each molting providing an expansion or continuation of the structures that existed before. After molting, the caterpillar is still a caterpillar, just bigger and still with an insatiable appetite. Inside the caterpillar are cells called imaginal cells that hold the blueprints for the butterfly. When the time is right for the caterpillar to morph, the imaginal cells use all the protein resources around them to create specialized structures that will be essential for the flight and life of the butterfly. When the process is complete the creature is no longer restricted to crawling on the earth but can fly vast distances and great heights…and yet all that was needed for the butterfly was already within the caterpillar.

Humanity has great potential. The resources and blueprints for greater capacities are already with it. Are we ready to leave behind the old structures that hold us back?