Strengthening the Web of Relationships for Peace
In Proverbs 6:6 the reader is admonished to consider the industriousness of the ant as a life lesson for humans –
“Go to the ant… consider her ways and be wise”.
In this Learning Series, we turned to another wise creature, the spider, for inspiration on how social transformation take place.
Based on the work of theorist John Paul Lederach, we explored how creating Critical Yeast rather than Critical Mass might transform a situation. In other words, what might a few, on the surface unrelated, individuals inspired by a common objective and held together in a web or network of relationships to each other achieve?
The spider-mind acquires a faculty of memory and, with it, a singular skill of analysis and synthesis, taking apart and putting together in different relations the meshes of its trap. Man had in the beginning no power of analysis or synthesis approaching that of the spider, or even of the honey-bee; but he had acute sensibility to the higher forces.
(Henry Brooks Adams)