By Kerri Romeo
Once the Wonderland creatures learn that Alice has been creating a beautiful world, they want to participate in this creation that they exist in too!
Faint voices linger in the air for only a moment. The words democracy, equality and unity echo from the No-Wonder-Land before fading out as its abstract concepts and unrealized ideologies while the reality of the new Wonderland once again comes to life…
‘Why,’ said the Dodo, ‘the best way to explain it is to do it.’Alice in Wonderland, Chapter III
All the creatures were eager to begin taking action but they weren’t sure HOW. The Dodo encouraged the creatures to share a good deed, no matter how small, they had once done. The Dodo wanted them to see that they already know how: The Mouse helped someone who was lost; the Lory mentored a child; and the Eaglet enlightened a group of bullies and gossipers by complimenting the bullied. The Wonderland Reboot creatures don’t need to talk about ideologies, they are already being what they believe in.
“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.”Joe DiMaggio
In our society, we separate leaders from citizens — them versus us. The only alternative presented is anarchy. But what if it is something completely different? Like the Wonderland creatures, don’t we get to participate in creating the world that we exist in too? Some citizens ran for office; other citizens took action in their local community; some citizens share on social media and other citizens step up in a supportive role. We already know how. As a results driven society we want proof it is working. If you have connected with one new person or learned something that has positively changed how you see or treat people, the planet or animals you are already participating in “Building a World That Works For All”.
The creatures started to believe in themselves, but now they were pacing the shore trying to come up with WHAT to do. What is “it” that they can do?
‘I know what “it” means well enough, when I find a thing,’ said the DuckAlice In Wonderland, Chapter III
The Duck recognizes that what is important to him (frogs and worms) may not be what is important to someone else, but that doesn’t make either any less meaningful. So the Duck encourages each creature to choose a mission that is supported by his or her own talents and skills, purposes and passions. Their Mission Possible.
The Dodo chose to organize a group supporting endangered animals, while the Duck would be leading an effort protecting birds.
The Crab supports a proposal for a World Water Law and her spitfire teen joins for Climate Action, while the Canary and her little ones join a project to support families and youth (stay tuned for Alice and the creatures to go on an adventure with UNICEF).
The Lory and senior creature the Magpie are on a mission supporting Medicare for All.
The Eaglet joins Indigenous communities and the creatures whose habitats were saved with the termination of the Keystone XL Pipeline as well as black communities to rally for more pipelines to be cancelled, including the Dakota Access Pipeline, Line 3, Line 5, Byhalia Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline and more.
And of course, we haven’t forgotten the White Rabbit who joins his housemaid Mary Ann and Bill the Lizard as they gather together speaking out for unions and the working class.
“…they all moved off, and Alice was soon left alone”Alice In Wonderland, Chapter III
But she knew she wasn’t alone now. She took a moment to admire their community. She was proud how they were just as passionate about their own individual projects as they were curious and supportive of the others’. Their mission was not a revolution. She inspired an evolution that everyone wanted to be a part of. The vision is just the beginning.
Among the children today there is a future president. What is he or she learning today? What is he or she teaching us today? Who is leading who? Will there be a new definition of leadership? One based on collaboration or competition? One driven by passion or power? Will democracy be about empowering all or only a select few?
What if we don’t need to pretend anymore? What if we begin now?
Watch Kerri read this post on video, followed by a conversation with the Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group:
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Kerri is an advocate for the introverted activist. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.