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Making the Grand Transition
Witness the struggles with this transition of values currently in the news with the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh and the sexual violence reported by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
We’re going through a doorway on a journey from a dominator culture with its mechanical, worldly driven mindset to a culture of partnership*, where people are unified by values like kindness, empathy, generosity, agape, and collaborative leadership. As we transition, it becomes evident that our individual consciousness expands. We make gains in the quality of our relationships with one another and collectively as we work, live, and grow together. Transitions can evolve over time often imperceptibly as in the way we grow older day by day. Big change can also be disruptive but impels us in new directions. During a transition, we are called to reevaluate many aspects of our culture, work environment, family, community, or world. We want to recognize what’s working well and course correct or redesign what could be improved. One challenge shows itself when some of us want to hold on to the past or what is and others see the need for change, innovation. A good barometer for designing solutions is to consider what is good for the whole system rather than simply an individual. It is also important to ask questions about potential consequences. Transition involves unlearning old beliefs and habits to make room for creativity to emerge.
We are witnessing this trajectory daily in the news especially with the confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh and the challenge by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
From an Imbalance of Power to Us Partners
In our instant gratification, instant communication culture we can become doubtful or cynical and impatient with transformation when it’s challenging. We think “He/she/we will never change. We’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.” As we all know, working together and living together cooperatively can be difficult, and it can also be fun, creative, and more gratifying and productive than going it alone.
The Secret: Take It Personally
In this time of uncertainty and change in the world, many feel helpless and hopeless. “I’m only one person. I can’t make a difference.”It can feel overwhelming, whether it’s a difficult relationship, workplace, or a political situation. Yes, you can and do make a difference. One gesture at a time, moment to moment, all of us create the world we want to live in. Here are some principles and practices for insight into how to navigate the journey. Think of the Unifying Principles and Practices as practical reminders for how to stay “woke.” They are common sense in an uncommon time. Let me know what you think or ask me bigger questions.
*Thank you Riane Eisler “Chalice and the Blade” for this distinction