A New Human Story by Robert Bengtson

For more than a decade, Robert has been following the impulse of using creativity as a way to inspire self-reflection and meaningful participation. Amidst this artistic quest to understand what makes an experience both ‘meaningful’ and ‘universal’ has been a parallel inquiry into the nature of existence itself in what makes a human a human.

Who do you think you are?

A next step in this journey is the book that came through Robert last year titled A New Human Story. At the heart of it is the contemplation of the beliefs arising from the essential question many of us are familiar with: who do you think you are? Ironic (to say the least) that the very question defining humanity is right under our noses, albeit as a social put-down.

This interplay between his creativity and contemplation is also why Robert’s art and writing feel so universal. He both creates and communicates in a universal language. Young, old… female, male, transgender… liberal, conservative… black, brown, red, yellow, and white… north, south, east, and west… all humans share the pursuit of the meaningful experience rooted in the very meaningfulness of being (a) human.

We’re in the midst of putting the pitch materials together towards getting an agent and publisher for the book. So stay tuned. With fingers crossed. For now, as a sneak-peak of sorts, below is the beginning of the Introduction. Scroll further down, too, to get a sense of your own human story by completing the short survey.

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A New Human Story by Robert Bengtson



”Most of us are keenly aware of the ever-expanding problems in the world. From the growing depression and fear in individual lives, to the worsening ecological and humanitarian crises happening all around the planet. Amidst it all, I’ve progressively been wondering why. Why is all this really happening? What’s really at the root cause below the surface and behind the scenes setting all the (choices, behaviors, and) realities in motion? 

While many seem to think these problems are a result of human nature, I’ve come to see them all, instead, as by-products of human culture. Specifically, that we’re actually in the midst of third crisis of sorts — one of beliefs — and that this is what’s actually giving rise to everything we see.

The human experience, individually and collectively, rises up and out of the fundamental beliefs we hold. It’s these ideas and perspectives residing at the very essence of who we think we (and everything) are that shape the choices we make in our day-to-day lives. That it's our belief-system, initially passed onto (imprinted into) us when we’re young, which we embody, develop, and 'make our own' that so significantly determines our experiences and creations. We’re talking about each human’s belief-based-operating-system here, which is used to perceive and participate in the ever-unfolding of our (mysterious and miraculous human) lives.

I see the collection of these beliefs as the essence of our Human Story.”

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01. Do you believe a more beautiful humanity / world is possible?
02. Which do you believe more accurately defines the essence of 'human nature'?
03. Do you believe the majority of humans on the planet today are 'good-hearted'?
05. Do you believe other people / conditions are responsible for how you feel emotionally?
06. Do you believe you're more than your physical body and brain?
07. Do you believe we're 'blank slates' when we're born, or that we're souls who come with intention to be human?
08. Do you believe Earth is a 'who' or a 'what'?
09. Which do you believe is the most powerful?

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