The postmodern revolution relies on us moving into our DIScomfort zones if we really want to change the world.
By psychic and emotional pressure I mean the inertia of learned, habitual behavior that maintains everyday life. It’s pressure based in fear-reality, which says if you don’t spend every moment being productive, you can’t make your rent or mortgage or put food on the table. It’s the pressure that has us neglect activities that enrich and inspire us, where we interact heart-to-heart with people we don’t even know well. The word “community” comes to mind.
I’m not talking about interactions between family members or friends. I’m talking about forming bonds with people you live near, your acquaintances, strangers in your neighborhood. Here is where the postmodern revolution is waged—not on the streets in protest, not online, and certainly not in the nonprofit industrial complex.
Here’s what the postmodern revolution looks like—organizing as a group to clean someone’s bathroom or floor or kitchen, sharing food you prepare at home, offering something that is a stretch for you and that will benefit another, sharing something you have in abundance, helping to make your neighbors more resilient, working as a group committed to take steps that rebuild community in ways that lead to a new paradigm.