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Wendy Kelly
Wendy Kelly
#97 in a series of wild and precious things to support you in your sustainable evolution

  1. TWIL (This Week I Learned)
This week I contemplated evolution.
I thought it was patience :) but as the week progressed I noticed this underlying theme of evolution — including noticing the rate at which things change (sometimes more slowly than we want)
A friend recommended a book, “The Dawn of Everything” which I summarily bought because of her high praise. It is turning out to be a life changing book.
It’s a book that turns everything we thought we knew on its head. Which, when I think of evolutionary theory, is often what comes up for me.
Slow progression over time toward adaptation to our environments and holding lightly to grand pronouncements about how things are and always have been.
2. Quote
“To give just a sense of how different the emerging picture is: it is clear now that human societies before the advent of farming were not confined to small, egalitarian bands. On the contrary, the world of hunter gatherers as it existed before the coming of agriculture was one of bold social experiments resembling a carnival parade of political forms far more than it does the drab abstractions of evolutionary theory.” — David Graeber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything
3. Prompt
The idea is that a hierarchical ladder relies on mythology rather than facts. The more accurate model, which relies on DNA (actually rRNA) sequences, is this:
David Hillis CC license
David Hillis CC license
And when you think about it, well — “A snail, fern, clam, and mite have all undergone an equally long path to now.” It’s not a hierarchy, it’s a circle. We evolve to be the best at whatever it is we are.
Another word we are revisiting is the word “complex” We often don’t need more complexity to be better evolved. In fact, well, “too many cooks spoil the broth”.
What I am curious about is your evolution to now :) Can you hold the idea that your “evolution” your adaptation to your environment is an ongoing thing, and that it will necessarily look a little different to the people close to you (or far from you) What you need may not be what they need? What they need may not be what you need?
What do you need to evolve to best adapt to your environment? What makes you the best you, wherever you are?
4. Quest
So. How do you know what someone else needs? Isn’t that an interesting question? There’s a kind of Action Research called Cooperative Inquiry where you research with people rather than on people.
You ask them what they need.
You thought it was challenging trying to figure out what you need, above? Try asking someone in distress what they need — No, don’t.
5. Level-UP / Go Deeper
The thing is, when we are in distress, we aren’t in a trusting, calm place where we can make great decisions about what we need.
So — first, to find out what we need, what we really, really need, we need to practice self regulation, co-regulation.
  • 5 deep breaths, breathing together
  • gargling, singing, chanting
  • dancing, walking, running
Then, when you’re quiet and calm, and there is trust, ask. And grow together.
6. Video — He’s quite a lot to listen to. David Graeber recently passed away, so I thought it might be fitting to share some of his work. He’s, I think, one of those lovely people who wants to stir you up — wants a reaction. This video will do that :)
David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs
David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs
7. Podcast — I’m sharing the last episode I did on Wild and Precious — because it’s fitting and because I am … relaunching back to weekly Thursday drops from my *new* podcast fort <= homemade by me, with pillows, quilts, the works!
James Tracy Talks About Activism and His Book: Hillybilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power - Wild and Precious Conversations | Podcast on Spotify
8. Poem
Evolution by Sherman Alexie. - Evolution Poem
9. Hero
How Koreen Launched the Thoughtful Card Game and Instagram Movement, 'We’re Not Really Strangers'
10. Share/Connect/Action
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