Whatever the Trauma, Community is the Answer

By Margaret Wheatley

In biology, when a living system is suffering, the solution is to strengthen the connections. Most traditional cultures understood this, even as we in modern materialist culture wandered far from this wisdom. Yet most of us have personal experience with the healing power of strengthened connections, of true community. For individuals who've been traumatized, and for communities that have experienced collective trauma, the solution is the same: transform one's pain by connecting with others. As our relationships strengthen, as we reach out to one another with open hearts, we regain our confidence and develop the capacity to move forward. We become people who persevere because we are part of a strong community.