The Work That Reconnects arises in direct response to the ecological, social, and economic crises of our time. It helps people understand and meet these challenges with clear eyes and open heart, without letting emotional overwhelm induce psychic numbing, panic, or scapegoating.
Instead of giving sermons and pre-formulated analyses, the WTR invites us simply to look at today’s conditions and make our own choices. Indeed we can and should choose the way we view the history unfolding in our day.
The WTR identifies three stories or versions of reality that shape our perceptions, like a lens through which we see what’s happening. The first is Business As Usual, where the defining assumption is that there is little need to change the way we live in accordance with corporate rule. This is the story we hear from our political and corporate leaders and the mainstream media.
The second story, which is the view of most scientists and activists and those around the world who are most afflicted, is the Great Unraveling, and it widens perceptions to include the disasters that Business As Usual is bringing upon us. It removes the blinders that obscure the collapse of ecological, social, and agricultural systems, the ongoing oppression of people of color and other marginalized groups, the mass extinction of species, and the accelerating disturbance of our planet’s climate.
The third story is embodied in all those who see where the first story is taking us, and who refuse to let the second story have the last word. It is the epochal transition from an industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. We call this story the Great Turning.
All three stories are happening now. The WTR strengthens our choice to get behind the Great Turning, staying grounded and determined while Business As Usual plays out, and steady in the face of the Great Unraveling.