May 27, 2008

Personal traits and resilience

Buzz Holling says in an interview (found via Resilience Science) that 10-yr old children are more apt to embrace resilience than adults. Resilience has something to do with sustainability and postmodern socialism, but don't ask for a better definition because resilientists haven't come up with one. In any case, I disagree with Holling. Ten-year olds embrace change and dangerous experimentation and abhor long-term planning, communal work and giving away their property.

Holling adds that speaking a Latin language and not being a religious fundamentalist make it easier to embrace resilience. Being Spanish and atheist I belong to both high risk groups. But so far I am successfully resisting.

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