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September 20, 2012

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on September 20, 2012

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This time I agree with the pointy headed boss.

Persistence is a key to success.  So is knowing when to quit and move on.  The deciding factor is context.

And maybe — just maybe — this is where resilient recovery and resilient adaptability meet.

How bad is it?  What are the options?  What can be saved? What must be let go?  What’s the upside?   How bad’s the downside?

What is the context… really?

What is reality?

Ultimately resilience — its strengths, its agility, flexibility, the rapid-firing feedback loops, the relationships and firm foundations — matters in order to more effectively deal with reality.

A willow tree is resilient.  It also has no choice but to persist or die.  Individuals and communities can uproot and re-root depending on what they understand of reality.

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4 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 20, 2012 @ 12:45 am

Some might argue that “reality” is that in which the majority agree!

Perhaps the HEISENBERG PRINCIPLE CONTROLS RESILIENCE also. The observer impacts his/her reality!

Comment by Philip J. Palin

September 20, 2012 @ 3:53 am

Bill, While uncertainty will be part of most contexts and our individual angles on reality will differ and understanding full-reality is not possible, doing our honest best to engage reality still makes a very real difference. Isn’t that your experience too? From Plato’s allegory of the cave to Joseph Campbell’s abandonment of illusion to John Boyd’s structuring, unstructuring, restructuring… the task of being effective — even the goal of living fully — is to see and hear beyond our ideologies, our attachments, our hopes, and our fears to see and hear what is actually before us. I have a nagging sense that most of the real problems of homeland security are not as complicated as the self-created shadows, smoke, and other stuff that we (me too) have added to the core realities. If we could clarify a shared context, we would be much better able to solve real problems. What bouncing back (resilience) or bouncing forward (adaptation) each depend upon is a roughly accurate — and shared — understanding of reality.

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 20, 2012 @ 7:26 am

Nice riposte Phil! Ah yes simplicity. Really all those goes on now in the west is continued religious wars, often masked by a thin veneer of secularism. And in the east an effort to deal with demographics.

Well time will tell how well we and others deal with our realities.

And in the meantime make sure to punish those who don’t know we are right and they are wrong.

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 20, 2012 @ 7:28 am

By the way looking like a new round of MORTMAIN statutes in the EU for its continued pursuit of the cafe society as opposed to reality of necessity to work.

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