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November 18, 2015

Protection and Recovery

Filed under: Strategy,Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on November 18, 2015

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Comment by Citizen Joe

November 18, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

Rachel Carson:

“For the child. . . it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil. Once the emotions have been aroused – a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love – then we wish for knowledge about the object of our emotional response . . . It is more important to pave the way for a child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts that he is not ready to assimilate.”

Rachel Carson:

“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

God Bless this youngster and his Father and humanity!

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 19, 2015 @ 3:17 am

Great pic! Thanks Citizen Joe for the wonder of a Rachel Carson quote.

Comment by Vicki Campbell

November 19, 2015 @ 8:40 pm

I saw this yesterday online and it was just beautiful – and makes a wonderful post here, especially under the title. It offers such a moving and indelible demonstration of the kind of immeasurably powerful internal and interpersonal dialogues that expand all of our hearts and minds and can strengthen us all, especially in the sharing.

In the spirit of sharing another moving and inspiring story of strength and resilience, CNN offered up an interview yesterday with a young couple who managed to escape the concert slaughter. They were separated when the attack began, with him up front rather than in the middle/main part of the hall, and he was wounded before he was able to get out. She proceeded to try to play dead, lying amongst the blood and bodies all around her, trying not to move, or make a sound, or blink an eye, or even breath. She tells Anderson Cooper about the overwhelming presence of death in the large, dark hall – but then she says something completely shocking. She says that even though the room was filled with so much death, it was also filled with an incredible amount of love too. This shocked Anderson Cooper as much as it did me, and fortunately he asked her what she meant. She said that just moments before there had been nothing but people, innocent people, dancing and laughing and enjoying the music and each other, and that although that had suddenly changed so much, that all the people hadn’t – and that she could still feel all their overwhelmingly positive presence still in the room, in spite of everything. She then said while laying there, contemplating her death, she immediately started thinking about all the people she loved, and felt such an overwhelming longing to see them and talk to them again, and especially to tell them how much she loved them, and also an intense desire to protect them from knowing what she was going through, etc. – and again, just such an overwhelming experience of loving and wanting to express that love to her friends and family so much that she actually whispered it out loud, visualizing everyone that she wanted to say it to. In this way, she said found great comfort in the fact that, if the next bullet was for her, that she would die with nothing but genuine love in her heart and the almost ecstatic awareness through that overwhelming love that she had actually had a really wonderful life, which made her feel much better about dying if that was to happen. And this was a woman maybe in her mid-20s. Amazing, and very humbling.

As a possibly tedious aside, I think these stories, and the dialogues they contain lie at the heart of any useful understanding of resilience, and the manner in which I think we need to focus on much more fully as a tool in relation to EM all across the function spectrum, as Phil did in the the title. TMM, it presents a much better example of “resilience” and its proper place and conceptual usage within EM than the the current ubiquitous ad often incoherent, definitionless usage of the term for referencing all but any and everything potentially good in EM or HS, which I would argue has left us with little more than interchangeable mush in the place of functions, frameworks or best practices beyond first responder work (and thank god for them) – precisely because of its inherent immeasurability.

And yes, the Rachael Carson quotes were a very nice surprise.

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