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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

The Weight of Interconnectedness

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it,” said Chief Seattle. “Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”

Everything connects.

Right now, those connections are heavy. Chaotic. Tense.

Some people have cut off connections with everyone who is not like them, who does not think like they do. Yes, the web is in bad shape. It needs change, but destroying the web not only decimates what’s wrong with the web, it also rips apart what’s right.

Webs connect us—Webs hold us up, depending on where the weight is. The challenge right now is that the weight is too heavy on some and not heavy enough on others. Strong webs distribute the weight and support everyone.

Webs protect us—A number of spiders add extra silk to their web in beautiful designs called stabilimenta. Researchers speculate that these eye-catching designs protect against predators How can we rebuild the web to protect not only those within the web but also to guard the web from outside dangers?

Webs adapt to changing conditions—A strong web moves when the wind blows. It changes shape to adapt to the stresses on it, without falling apart.

How are you adjusting to the weight of the interconnectedness going on in the world right now? Are you feeling pulled down?

What can you do to strengthen the web?

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