We are living and walking through an existential crisis the likes of which we have never seen before. Disruption however is the building block for rebuilding, restoring and rehabilitation. At this time while the immediate needs all around must needs be met with the urgency and compassion that it takes, we have to parallel-set our eyes on the long term projections of the future.
When everything is brought to a standstill scenario of ground zero , the frameworks set up today must stand the test of future similar challenges.
I want to focus on 3 building block focii here briefly.
A. Resilience of the LOCAL
Local-Global equation needs to be relooked. As much as we can do ‘local’ with global expertise partnerships if necessary, seeds a way forward. A good seed grows into a robust shoot, and thereafter into a sturdy plant which may eventually be able to bear fruit. What should we start, leverage or increase? Let’s survey the scope. What it will help build is a robust self sufficiency that also brings in the best of global sharing of ideas, but is local enough to train our unskilled workforce that currently is migrant and dispensable. A part of local training is the skill of being able to think adaptively which by virtue of the term ‘jugaad’ is already a part of our thinking index in a positive way!
B. Resilience of the ECOLOGY
We are already a part of a God-created natural system whether it be the earth-topology construct, vegetation-forest construct, water collection-preservation construct, or air-energy construct. Our choices to choose what is good for the long term, must be honed. We are taught to profit-first then environment. We need to look at strategic opportunities to environment-first-with-profit.
Our generations after us don’t have the hope for clean water, clean air or clean earth. What benchmarks have we set?
We have to intentionally build systemic change through large collaborations between NGOs and the local government.
C. Resilience in LOVE
We are called to love our neighbours as ourselves. People have risen up like never before to provide for and raise funds for the have-nots at this time. But it has not been enough, the need is greater. While the tangible immediate must be taken care of, we must engage the long-term gaze. The ability to love people around us to be able to help build their futures, and robustly, is what we must build even if it begins with our local ‘subzi-walli’
In the words of Craig Groeschel we must
RE-ENTER the world.
RE-BUILD what we lost.
REDEEM the crisis.