Knowing how to build your own resilience works well in times of uncertainty
The British writer and journalist Graham Hancock, a specialist in rather unconventional theories that involve ancient civilizations, has written the following: “I believe we are a species with amnesia, I think we have forgotten our roots and our origins. I think we are quite lost in many ways. And we live in a society that invests huge amounts of money and vast quantities of energy in ensuring that we all stay lost. A society that invests in creating unconsciousness, which invests in keeping people asleep so that we are just passive consumers or products and not really asking any of the questions.”
Graham Hancock’s quote is perfect opening that lead us to defining what’s resilience. Linguistically speaking it is the power of the ability to return to the original form, position or state, after being bent down, crashed or broken, or in Graham Hancock’s terms, suffering from amnesia of who you really are.
In terms of psychology, resilience is the ineffable quality that enables people to come back stronger than ever, after being severely knocked down in life. In more medical terms, it is the immune system, the ability to recover from illness, depression or adversity. It works both ways, physically and mentally.
If we see society as one single organism where everything is inter-connected, then resilience is also the ability of that organism – humanity, its collective will and ability to act, push back and thrive. Without resilience, life is but an avalanche that buries us in forgetfulness. With resilience, we can elevate as strong as the avalanche itself and manage everything that life uses to push us back.
Over the next couple of slides, learn more about 6 scientifically proven ways to build resilience personally, and as communities.