I am not against giving hope and encouraging one another to rise up in times of fall, but I am not subscribing to what he is telling us.
Taking from his statements, here are my thoughts:
1. That’s the point, we have long been suffering... long enough that having a resilient spirit isn’t an answer anymore, but a problem. This is not something we should be proud of from time to time. We need to learn to stop celebrating our resiliency in order for us to break free from this unending cycle of suffer-get up-move on-repeat.
2. Forgetting about the event and moving on without taking actions to prevent such same disaster from happening again isn’t really moving on, it is just a mere defense mechanism of telling ourselves we did good in surviving such catastrophic event and a “sure pass” ticket to experiencing more.
3. Being resilient is a choice and not a free pass nor a privilege to suffer stronger typhoons. Bearing devastation and losing lives aren’t privileges, but a consequence of not learning from our own mistakes and shortcomings.
Positivity is a gift, but having too much positivity can be problematic. I am a believer of balance. Positivity alone is fantasy while negativity alone is chaotic. Balancing both can help us think realistically. Positivity encourages while negativity limits. Boosting our spirit to rise up after a defeat is good, but let’s not forget to limit ourselves from depending too much on our resiliency. It is not a sin to ask/seek for solutions that can help prevent us from laying down our card called, “resiliency”.
We can brag to the world how indomitable our human spirit can be as long as we want to, but by looking into a different lens... the world will only see us as unwise people not being able to learn from previous mistakes and instead of lamenting, we celebrate. Maybe instead of choosing how to look a glass half empty half full, we just have to look at the glass as a whole.
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