This episode begins with ancient ideas of the essence of leadership and community from the Ndembu people of Zaire. In this view, a person elevated to a position of power must embody both nobility and humility; they must be welcoming to everyone and respect the rights of others or the underlying bonds of humanity can be broken.
Michael Meade makes the connections to our current crises of racism, injustice and the misuse of power and authority. Then, he depicts the potential for a collective rite of passage based upon communitas - the often spontaneous, shared experience of unity in depth that transcends established structures and helps heal the wounds of hatred, division and abuse of power.
We may be in a righteous political battle and in a critical election year; we are also at the edge of genuine transformation and being called to awaken to the greater spirit of humanity and to the deeper bonds of an inclusive community of the heart.
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On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.