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Lions Roar : September 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN SEPTEMBER 2008 47 the paralysis that many people feel when they consider all these very tough problems, and that on top of it all they must struggle to meet the daily needs of their family. He replied that paralysis “is a sign of unex- pressed grief,” and he quoted the poet Cz- eslaw Milosz, who said “we should all feel sick in some way, experience some sense of despair, because that is normal.” When we experience this, it is a sign we are sensitized to the world around us. “The sense of loss,” Hawken wrote me, “makes us human and brings us more deeply in touch with our heart. The enormity of what is passing away is almost unspeakable. It’s not just species and ecosystems, but entire cultures, the sea- sons, civilization itself.” Such a prospect can “freeze us in our tracks.” One of our central sticking points, in Hawken’s view, is ideology—rallying around a fixed view of things, which sounds the death knell for diversity. In Blessed Unrest, he quotes historian Arnold Toynbee, who “cautioned that civilization is a movement, not a condition, and the rise of uniformity consistently marks its decline.” He also notes that theologian Karen Armstrong “strongly emphasizes that the early expressions of re- ligiosity that arose during the Axial Age were not theocratic systems requiring belief, but instructional practices requiring action.” Just so, Hawken says, the movement that he sees emerging “coheres into a values system but not a belief system.” “The most important step to take is to feel,” Hawken told me. “Our courage and reverence and will are locked up in paralysis, released when we feel what we see and allow it in.” If we are able to get beyond centralizing so much on ourselves, we can find solu- tions in nature itself, Hawken says. “We are turning to nature, not merely as balm but as designer, mentor, guide, and muse. Kenny Ausubel of Bioneers puts it aptly when he says, ‘The solutions in nature surpass our conception of what is possible.’ Moreover, this is equally true about our human na- ture. What to do? Engage one’s community, become more generous, cooperative, and enthusiastic. Creativity abounds, and our imaginations are limited only by what our mind believes.” MARGARET WHEATLEY began her profes- sional life as a high school teacher and then ad- ministered educational programs for disadvan- taged youth. The challenges she encountered there led her on an educational quest of her own, into systems thinking and organizational behavior and change. Having seen so many at- tempts by well-meaning people to effect change through organizations—schools, health care institutions, governmental bodies, and non- governmental organizations—Wheatley felt there must be “a simpler way to lead organiza- tions, one that requires less effort and produces less stress than our current practices.” A breakthrough for her came when she noticed that the view of the world emerg- ing from the so-called “new science” did not square with how we actually run the world. New science— embodied especially in quan- tum physics, chaos theory, and the theory of self-organizing systems—showed her that even the idea of “running the world,” as if it Community is the unit of change. The only way we get through difficult times is together. MARGARET WHEATLEY ➢ page 104 Gasoline Rainbow SEPT 40-47.indd 47 SEPT 40-47.indd 47 7/3/08 1:31:06 PM 7/3/08 1:31:06 PM