We Live Inside a Story We Create, Part 1: Do We Need Another Flood?

Aviv Shahar with Yair Assulin

November 12, 2021
another flood?

This is a special conversation with award-winning Israeli author Yair Assulin, whose novel The Drive drew critical literary praise and who writes a regular column for one of Israel’s leading newspapers Haaretz.

Assulin and Aviv Shahar begin a deeper look at a major shift underway in humanity and consciousness, which Assulin describes as living in the subjective story we tell ourselves about our reality and the world around us. Big changes and upheavals happening across the globe suggest the story we’re telling ourselves is no longer the right story and doesn’t reflect reality. It’s time for a new story.

To create a new story, Assulin believes that the world needs a new "flood": not a repeat of the biblical story of Noah and the ark, but a

fundamental shift in mind and heart that will actually erase or delete non-relevant ideas, things, and notions of power and enable new ideas and stories. Releasing humanity from the carry-over of history that we no longer need in the face of today’s challenges.

The people who dare to create for themselves a new story and new consciousness ultimately will help shape the new emerging global reality.

We still don't have the right language to describe what's going on. So we're still using an old language, which is not relevant anymore. It creates a weird and even dangerous gap between what we think and the way we experience the world… So we need a new language. We need a new story. We need a new interpretation, because that's how we catch up to the developments and the changes all around us.

Yair Assulin

Yair Assulin

Yair Assulin

Yair Assulin is an award-winning author and thinker. He writes a weekly analytical column for one of Israel's leading newspapers, Haaretz, and hosts a radio show at the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation covering the fields of culture, business, politics and society. He has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University, and has served as a Goldman senior fellow at the School of Political Science at Tel Aviv University.

In recent years much of his public writing focuses on the development of a new political and business philosophy based on his ideas about "The Century of How," and "The End of the Age of Politics," in order to create a vivid ethos to societies and companies in this broken time of the technological revolution.

Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.