Reality is our friend. And reality is that we are part of an indivisible network of relationship. An "inescapable network of mutuality" as Dr. King said.
Not a metaphor. A literal truth that you demonstrate right this minute. (Hold you breath if you don't believe me, hold your breath and think about where you end and "nature" begins).
Take a breath, drink some water. What wasn't "you" is now "you." Be changed by somebody's idea. Molecules change in your brain, because in someone else, brainwaves became sound waves, received by you, became meaning, became memory. But go ahead, tell me how we are separated.
By speaking somebody else can change the wiring of my brain, never physically touching me. They can even do it from centuries ago, if the words were written down, or a continent away using a little computer that fits a pocket to capture video and transmit it around the world.
Current power structures pretend we are separate. Individuals, nations, sectors, silos, as though we are disconnected atoms bouncing off one another, with some atoms more worthy of safety and wellbeing.
It's getting kind of ridiculous the mismatch of that worldview from the actual world. It's so mismatched in some places you can't see because of wildfire smoke.
It's so mismatched you might be sending your unvaccinated kid to a school without masks or be evicted in a pandemic, or without shelter in a heat dome.
We'd never get into an airplane designed by someone skeptical of gravity, but everyday billions of us get into economies and governance systems designed by people who act as though they don't believe in interconnection.
Maybe it's time to try something different.

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11 Sep
When most everyone is managing symptoms and no one feels it’s their job to address root causes, guess what happens to the symptoms?
And when the elite who have the most power to address root cause are also the most protected from symptoms……well
Covid or climate or whatever other problem generated by systems that don’t respect interconnection , it doesn’t really matter.
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It’s also kimchi day lol A counter with a large crate of nappa, also carrots garlic p
And it’s definitely not enough room on the counters day.
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Welcome new followers. You might be here because of a thread I wrote about complex systems, tumultuous times & supply chains. I'm glad you're here, hope you'll stay. What can you expect here? Let's peel back the layers of the onion and get at the heart of it... A slice through the center ...
Mostly I tweet about climate change and all that it touches: health, equity, justice, community, jobs, biodiversity, disasters, wellbeing, food, water, and more. I do this informed by training in complex systems, and computer models of climate change.
This systems training has me view climate change as a symptom, not a root cause. You'll hear a lot about what I see closer to root cause: a dominant worldview that tries to organize the world as hierarchy with white men on top, when the actual world is an interconnected web.
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4 Sep
My new "hobby" is watching supply chains do weird stuff. I don't think most of us are fully seeing what's happening yet, and I think many are dismissing things that we do see as one-offs of a weird year rather than looking for the patterns underneath.
Like..husband comes home from grocery shopping - "the juice aisle had all these gaps on the shelves, never seen that before" and I just think hmm....
Like...we asked our mechanic to look out for a certain used car we are in the market for and he said, "we aren't buying/selling used cars right now 'cause they are so expensive, because the supply of new cars is so low, because of that chip thing."
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So if you need me I'll be canning/freezing/drying/baking. (And sitting on the porch swing with peach juice dripping off my chin.) Speaking of peach juice we are going to make some and see if we can inoculate it to make peach vinegar. Never tried that, so who knows?
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We have some data and some good guesses about climate change impacts on ecological systems and infrastructure. I don't think we have very good guesses about the impacts of those impacts on governance and economic systems.
Could be that some oppressive systems will be brittle to the disruptions. Could be that some life serving systems will be. Probably it will be a mix.
What I think it will be is chaotic (in the systems sense of the term). Unpredictable. Patchy. With sudden openings to move into and build and sudden needs to defend and protect life and cultural and biological diversity.
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