Social fragmentation is the core challenge of our day. We long to be together, but we are apart. We are isolated by distrust, polarization, trauma and incivility. We live in a hyper-individualistic culture that pays lip service to community but which actually values success above relationship, ego above care, the market above society and tribal divisions over common humanity.
The question for each of us is: What can I do today and tomorrow to replace loneliness, division and distrust with relationship, community and purpose? “We all create a shared moral ecology through the daily decisions of our lives,” David Brooks wrote in a New York Times column outlining the mission of Weave: The Social Fabric Project. “When we stereotype, abuse, impugn motives and lie about each other, we’ve ripped the social fabric and encouraged more ugliness. When we love across boundaries, listen patiently, see deeply and make someone feel known, we’ve woven it and reinforced generosity.”