There is a call for positive stories of possible futures (instead of dismay). “[W]e need healing and unifying narratives,” he says, that build on the good news that can in fact be found
John K. McIlwain, Director of Climate, Mind and Behavior at the Garrison Institute writes
In the midst of the day-to-day fray and political bombast, we need to remember what really captures people’s attention. It’s story and metaphor, and too many of our stories of the future are dystopian. Alex Evans joins the call for positive stories of possible futures instead. “[W]e need healing and unifying narratives,” he says, that build on the good news that can in fact be found despite so many depressing facts.
As if in reply to Evans, Fritjof Capra, the author of the seminal book The Tao of Physics, writes about the new scientific metaphor that has emerged over the last 30 years. Leading science, he says, no longer sees the world as made of separate objects. “We have discovered that the material world is a network of inseparable patterns of relationships,” he says. “The planet as a whole is a living, self-regulating system.” This, he notes, is just how the ancient Buddhist and indigenous teachers have always seen the world.
Finally, community organizer and advocate Susan Glisson brings us back to the day-to-day work of community building. It is based, she says, on the ancient art of listening with open minds, often hard for us to do when swept by strong emotions. She talks about building authentic connections the old fashioned way, face to face, one-on-one or in small groups, where if we listen well enough to another, we fall in love.
As Seeger might say, this is a time to surround hate with love, a time to connect closely to others in our community, and to hold firm to the voices of our hearts. Action is necessary today, but it is our intentions for them, and our love and compassion, that guides them, that distinguishes wise and skillful actions from unwise ones. So once again, thank you for the passions and love for our planet you bring to your actions.