Learning From Mycelium: Why the Most Important Activism Remains Unseen
There's been a lot of soul seraching recently over whether community focused groups like the Transition Movement should embrace more traditional activism, or whether a more overtly political stance would alienate many would-be supporters and lost the opportunity to build bridges. Leaving Babylon has a fascinating and poetic piece on why it is often the unseen, hidden and less showy aspects of "activism" that are the most important. Drawing an analogy to the world of fungi, Leavergirl compares protests and overt political action to the showy but temporary fruiting bodies of fungi—which most of us know as mushrooms. Meanwhile, the real action goes on underground:
Just like we have taught one another when and how to use nonviolence, we can teach each other to spark joy. Show the passers-by you've got something special; contagious, ebullient, irresistible. The vaster the mycelium, the more extravagant the fruiting bodies arising from the fertile undergrowth. Freed from the need to make the show into something big and lasting, we can play. When the mycelium thrives, the mushrooms take care of themselves.