Profit. When every single societal system is based on the accumulation of dollars - human connection is the inevitable collateral. In a market-driven capitalist economy, someone makes money when people suffer - whether it be healthcare, education, religion, governmental (political), food, etc.
Historically, those with the money and power use propaganda to divide - pitting one subset of the population against another - black and brown against white, poor against middle-class, Conservative against Liberal, college-educated against working folks, gay against straight... They continuously create and feed reasons for strife and disconnection - which ultimately drives profits.
I believe we are at a point in history when folks are becoming more aware of this blatant manipulation. I see it in the adrenaline-fueled frantic escalation of the wealthy and powerful efforts and doubling down on insanely harmful policies.
And I see it in the faces of the people who are going the extra mile to creatively disregard the boxes they have been placed inside. And abandon their personal biases and compulsion to judge folks - to destroy divisiveness and make vital connections within their community.
I have said before - radical change will be driven by grassroots engagement across our culture. Designing reasons and spaces to connect authentically with compassion is the key - because our very humanity is at stake.
These photos are a prime example. Folks from all walks of life came together to honor the memory of Don Butters, a cherished elder member of the NoCo, by delivering rocks of all sizes and finishing the last 33 of the 1000 ft of stonewall he built during his years here.
Weekly Creative Meditation
Summer Programs - register here.
DRC is a member of the Liberated Learner Network. I am super excited to see everyone at our annual conference held this year - June 22nd-24th at Raritan Learning Cooperative in Flemington, NJ. We have not been together in two years - I can not wait to see "my" people! I desperately need to soak up their shared wisdom and celebrate this "thing" we do.
In personal news - my son and daughter-in-law, Ian and Cassidy, will be visiting from Chicago, this coming weekend. Therefore, there will likely not be a blog post next week.
Happy Solstice! Enjoy the first week of summer!