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Forget Permanence, Seek Resilience

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Forget Permanence, Seek Resilience

Alan Watts said, β€œThe more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.” 

But does permanence dictate that a thing be unchanging in essence? Matter persists through different states, and in its mutability and diversity it defies oblivion. Death destroys a star and creates a galaxy. Permanence does not mean without change. Change is a force of nature that creates diversity through interrelationship. Without diversity, a system destroys itself and new forms fill its space.

While human beings may disagree on the efficacy of pursuing permanence, resilience is another matter--or at least, another state.... 

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Man, Market, Movement: Why the Universe Hates Stagnation

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Man, Market, Movement: Why the Universe Hates Stagnation

The universe abhors too much sameness. When you sense that parts of you or your efforts are stagnant, or, not synthesizing new experiences into your character or your work, do you notice those subtle feelings of self-loathing? It happens the same way in any network: a culture, a household, a team, a country. Individuals turn against their own identity structures. Cancers form. Relationships become a battle of projections. Societies polarize. Either way the eventual result is change. 

Proximity creates pressure. So when the pathways of a network are limited, pressure builds up and diversity, essential for a complex system's survival, disappears. Movement is limited. Tension increases....

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