I came across this article on a Blog about farming. You’re probably curious about what this has to do with leadership and here’s the thing. It’s about changing the story to one where people get to win at doing stuff they should be able to win at. Things like feeding their family or educating their kids. Living in peace with their friends, neighbours and families. Doing work that is fulfilling and worthwhile.Being in harmony with the earth and all of it’s myriad ecologies and eco-systems. Read on to discover more as this is one of the best pieces I have ever read on this topic in terms of succinct clarity….
Empire’s power depends on its ability to control the cultural stories and language that shape our collective understanding of our world and our choices as a species. Empire stories induce a kind of cultural trance that conditions us to accept the dominator relations of Empire as just and righteous and to dismiss talk of alternatives as naïve, dangerous, or even sinful.
Once we recognize the truth that Empire stories deny, the trance is broken. To change the future, change the story.
Fundamental social change begins with a discussion of unrealized possibility. Fortunately, that conversation is already underway in localities all over the world, spreading the good news that the world we must now create to secure the human future is the same as the world most all the world’s people want.
We are in a race against time between the awakening of an Earth Community consciousness and spreading social and environmental collapse. Whether by intent or neglect, we humans will within this decade make an irrevocable choice that will determine our children’s future for millennia to come.
The institutions of Empire will not act from within to voluntarily relinquish their power. Leadership for the turning must come from popular civic initiatives centered outside the institutions of Empire.
Empire has always met resistance from those with a larger vision of human possibility. Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. were among the more visible examples.
Modern communications technology has obliterated the barriers of geography and is linking ordinary people into a seamless global web of learning and sharing unfiltered by imperial agents and institutions. Millions of people of every race, religion, and nationality are are now using this technology to create a species capacity to choose and act as a whole in the service of life, as documented by Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest.
Those of us who are taking up the challenge of accelerating the awakening and shaping the flow of transformative life energy thereby released are privileged to be engaged in the greatest and most creative adventure in all of the human experience. The time is now. We have the power. We are the ones we have been waiting for.
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