Joanna Macy and The Great Turning

Most of us realize that humankind is in a serious situation. We are destroying the systems that support us. And with the immensity of the challenges that we face, it’s tempting to look away.

In the documentary film The Great Turning, author, teacher and activist Joanna Macy lays out her understanding for a new revolution. Following the agricultural and industrial revolutions, Macy describes a revolution that is already underway.

If you want to make changes in your community, but feel the crushing burden of just how grim things truly are, I highly recommend this movie. In just 27 minutes, Joanna Macy will inspire you to let your heart break wide open, then roll up your sleeves and get to work. Join the revolution to put your creativity and tenacity to work to help create a more life-sustaining world. Viva la Revolution!

Quotes:

“We need each other in ways we’ve never needed each other before. In the past there was the tacit assumption that life would go on. That’s been lost now.”

“My way of dealing with the overwhelm is to look it straight in the eye and say, there you are again. We are suffering with our world.”

Don’t be afraid of your heart breaking open. The heart that breaks open can hold the whole universe.”

“I want so much to feel sure. I want to be able to tell people, Don’t worry. It’s going to turn out okay.”

“But would that elicit from us our greatest creativity and courage? No. It’s that knife-edge of uncertainty where we come alive to our truest power.”

“So, we do ourselves the favor. We live with sufficient realism and dignity to know. We don’t know how it’s going to turn out.”

“There never has been guarantee for human life. It’s like an exquisite wind and fire of uncertainty. That’s the nature of life. That’s where we come alive.”

“As people acting in defense of life wake up to the grandeur of who they really are and find sources of strength, synergies, grace beyond what they could have expected…that’s the Great Turning.”