Published in 1959, 'Things Fall Apart' was way ahead of its time. It is a poetic and layered telling of both the strengths and weaknesses of traditional cultures without being binary. Conservative cultures build up wisdom for dealing with the waves of life. Rituals, relationships, and religions that try give some sense to the challenges we face. Historically, we haven't been good at opening our eyes and ears to the depth behind our beliefs. We have hurt each other. We have hurt ourselves. The great thing about being human is we can learn from the stories others have lived. They may not mirror ours, but the rhythms that drive us share an underlying beat. Improving the quality of our self-reflection.