cultures of change

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A story through the following quotes:

‘[Culture] is a layer of human design.’*

‘Many powerful organisations fear a truth-teller.  They work hard to avoid being confronted by an individual who sees the world as it is, and by a person who cares enough to change things.’**

‘A life that wishes to honour its own possibility has to learn too how to integrate the suffering of dark and bleak times into a dignity of presence.’^

‘If we look at what we do best as well as what we want to change the most, we will often find that the two are varying degrees of the same core behaviour.’^^

You can place these in any order to make a story, but here’s the one I found this morning.

Culture is not how things really are.  It’s the story people create to live by, whether a small group, a whole country, or a whole world hemisphere.

Cultures don’t remain the same, they change, usually towards the better.  Change coming about through small numbers of people doing what they feel they must do.

We’re all capable of being culture-changers.

Culture needs this good news because it’s always “broken” and needs to be developed towards something healthier, more Human.  What is most feared is someone pointing out that the emperor is not wearing any clothes.  Suffragettes and Gay Rights activisists are two groups that have changed culture towards the better.

Both of these movements illustrate how honouring Human possibility requires embodying suffering.  Hoping for something better is like looking into the darkness knowing we must enter into the dark to dream our hope into the light.

Your life is already telling you what it is you want to change.  You’re the best person to do this with all your talents and passions and experience.

(*From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)
(**From Seth Godin’s What To Do When It’s Your Turn.)
(^From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)
(^^From Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly.)

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