A genius of the American founding was to invent a structure that allowed national initiative while permitting local diversity. Because there is a single nation, much focus has been on its activities. As time has passed we fear loosing the importance of local governance and enterprise.
Instead, the interest with a 24/7 news cycle has become a spectator sport for the “doings” in DC or New York and tragedies around the world. All of this focus has fostered powerful national cults of personality.
David Brooks NYT Essay about Localism
David Brooks recent essay has described the localism option. He writes that the liberal, conservative dichotomy has failed for many folks. Likewise with populism. The next initiative will be localism. While national politics is nasty and discouraging, we hear refreshingly of local successes.
Resilience: “1. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy. 2 The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity.” American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, p 1106
Resilience is the theme for Amendoon Blog. More precisely the topic is about affirming durable truths, those that live on through time and adversity, by the agency of individual and community action.
The Test of Time
If something survives a test of time, it becomes a truth whether that thing is kind or hard, constructive or destructive. Metaphorically, it is base rock which provides the greatest feeling of security when we affix our foundations. The forces of time may crack the base rock and then the paradigm of “durable truths” will shift, maybe a little or possibly profoundly.