I have written here about what I’m calling Dimensions of Resiliency, or Reservoirs of Resilience; the thinking is of resiliency as a field phenomena, and that the fields form an ecological system within which we are embedded. I want to deepen this thinking here to include a Resiliency Matrix as to the Varieties of Resilience. This thinking is developmental; feedback and tangential development are welcome.
The Resiliency Matrix arises out of the desire to further clarify this point: All Resilience Is Not Created Equal.
Sunday’s The New Mexican, 10/21/07, carried an AP article by Charles Babington titled Bruised Bush shows clout with Congress: Despite dismal approval ratings, president proves he still has sway. The article continues with a reference to “the resiliency of a lame-duck president with dismal approval ratings.”
I assert that this ‘resilience,’ often attributed to Mr. Bush, is of the Domesticated and Shadowed variety; as often noted, war is a failure of imagination. Fundamentalism of all kinds and shapes and varieties, conservative or liberal…, is hypocritical by nature and inherently incapable of thinking outside of the corral of its own constructed self-idolatry.
At the TED Talks, philosopher scientist Dan Dennentt addresses Ants, terrorism, and the awesome power of memes. He declares here that the secret of happiness is to find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it. This secret is indeed the source of what I often reference as our wild joy, that loyalty to our deepest nature, to something in service of Life and beauty….
This is certainly part and parcel of our seemingly inherent drive for transformation and transcendence, for belonging and being part of something larger and greater than ourselves. As Joseph Campbell liked to point out however, we can identify our Self with/as the light bulb, or with the energy that flows through and lights the bulb.
This power of Self-identification, of naming our God, if you will, of creating and telling our story, is our fiercest power. Once named, we become like unto that object-ification, evoke that force into our lives and into the universe.
During this era of human history, of the destabilization and destruction of civilization as we know it, during this time of the birth pains of the creation of a new civilization dedicated and committed to a restoration and celebration of life’s diversity and fecundity upon the planet, it is vital that we learn to recognize those memes which serve Life, and those which feed upon us for ends of their own.
For this, Life embedded wild resiliency within us, within all of life. If we are to minimize the death worshiping self-destruction of the Bushes and Cheneys and the Osama bin Ladens… then we will have to come to terms with the blind spots of our own fundamentalism, our own Shadows. We too will have to come to terms with our wild joys, our loves, and our hatreds. It will mean honoring the impulse for transcendence, and for rooting too into this body, into this earth, the only one we have.
The coming ecological disaster we worry about has already occurred, and goes on occurring. It takes place in the accounts of ourselves that separate ourselves from the world. -James Hillman, The Soul’s Code