What time is it on the clock of the world?

Am Liebsten würde ich gerade dieses ganze Buch zitieren: WHO DO WE DARE TO BE by Margaret Wheatley

In 2017 veröffentlicht. Im Herbst dann angefangen, es zu lesen. Doch es scheint mir aber genau für heute und für diesen Zeitpunkt geschrieben worden zu sein.

Ich habe hier die Einleitung des Buches für euch. Wenn es resoniert, schlage ich vor: kaufen! Und lesen!

 

What tim is it on the clock of the world?

IT IS ACCURATE TO LABEL THIS TIME AS UNCERTAIN AND CHAOTIC, SPINNING WILDLY OUT OF CONTROL. Every day we experience disruption, swerves in direction, short-term decisions that undo the future, propaganda, slander, lies, blame, denial, violence. Communities and nations are disrupted by terrorist acts, cumbersome bureaucracies block services, people retreat in self-protection and lash out in fear, angry people strike back at their governments, leaders stridently promise security and outcomes that we know can’t be true, tensions between people reach hateful proportions, and confusion and exhaustion sink us into despair and cynicism. This is the age of retreat: from one another, from values that held us together, from ideas and practices that encouraged inclusion, from faith in leaders, from belief in basic human goodness.

There are some who define this chaotic time as filled with potential, basing their hopefulness on the workings of chaos described in new science. They want to “blow up” the current system or contribute to its quick demise and use the ensuing chaos as the opportunity to create healthy new systems. Their hope is based on an innocent misunderstanding of the chaos cycle. Chaos can be a generative force for change, or a cause for disintegration and death. Either way, it requires a descent into chaos, when everything falls apart. It is this part of the cycle that we need to prepare for.

The chaos cycle is triggered by changes in the environment; these external changes force the system to abandon its old ways and respond to the new.

Everything that held it together—its beliefs, meanings, and structures—no longer work now that the environment has changed. And so the system falls apart. It descends into chaos and finally reaches a bifurcation point, where it has two choices: Either it can reorganize using new beliefs and structures that work well in the changed environment. Or it can insist on the old ways, fail to reorganize itself, and die. Both rebirth and death are possible as an outcome of the passage through chaos.

So there is a slight basis for those who welcome in this time of disruption and chaos as the means to create healthier, more humane and life affirming ways of living on this planet, for as long as the planet will have us. But we can’t get there from here without traversing through the falling apart stage. WE CANNOT SIMPLY LEAP TO NEW WAYS OF BEING; FIRST WE MUST PREPARE FOR DISINTEGRATION AND COLLAPSE.

Systems that are failing now will continue to deteriorate. Uncertainty, confusion, and fear will continue to predominate. People will withdraw further into self-protection and strike out at those different from themselves. Corrupt leaders will intensify their false promises, and people will subjugate themselves to their control. The chaos cycle predicts this has to happen, that things must fall apart. And human history documents in astonishingly clear detail the pattern of collapse that all civilizations go through.

THIS BOOK IS BORN OF MY DESIRE TO SUMMON US TO BE LEADERS FOR THIS TIME AS THINGS FALL APART, TO RECLAIM LEADERSHIP AS A NOBLE PROFESSION THAT CREATES POSSIBILITY AND HUMANENESS IN THE MIDST OF INCREASING FEAR AND TURMOIL.

I know it is possible for leaders to use their power and influence, their insight and compassion, to lead people back to an understanding of who we are as human beings, to create the conditions for our basic human qualities of generosity, contribution, community, and love to be evoked no matter what.

I know it is possible to experience grace and joy in the midst of tragedy and loss.

I know it is possible to create islands of sanity in the midst of wildly disruptive seas.

I know it is possible because I have worked with leaders over many years in places that knew chaos and breakdown long before this moment. And I have studied enough history to know that such leaders always arise when they are most needed.

NOW IT’S OUR TURN.