True connection — seeing the humanity in one another — is one sure antidote to some of what ails us. Writing in The New York Times, David Brooks names those making the connections the Weavers of our social fabric.
We’re living with the excesses of 60 years of hyperindividualism. There’s a lot of emphasis in our culture on personal freedom, self-interest, self-expression, the idea that life is an individual journey toward personal fulfillment. You do you. But Weavers share an ethos that puts relationship over self. We are born into relationships, and the measure of our life is in the quality of our relationships. We precedes me.
How can you be a Weaver?