Self-reliance has always been critical for survival, we used to be dinner. While we are no longer dinner, the need for self-reliance has not gone away. Today, we are in the midst of a sociocultural evolution that most of us find disorienting and reckoning. If that is the case, let’s test this premise with a few really basic questions, do I have the ability and capability to grow a garden? Can I navigate in nature or across town without a GPS device? Or, do I have information that I can trust for quality decision-making?
The good news is that we have historical insights and useful metaphors for navigating in today’s world. Nested below are few reflections from a diverse set of gifted guides, let’s take a look.
“Nature does nothing uselessly.” Aristotle. Philosopher and Polymath. 384-322 B.C.E.
“Knowledge is power.” Francis Bacon. Philosopher and Statesman. 1561-1626.
“Delays have dangerous ends.” William Shakespeare. Poet, Playwright, and Actor. 1564-1616.
“The computer is no better than its program.” Elting E[lmore] Morison. Historian, Biographer, Author, Essayist. 1909-1995.
“He can run, but he can’t hide.” Joe Louis [Joseph Louis Borrow]. Professional Boxer. 1914-1981
“And that’s the way it is.” Walter Cronkite. Broadcast Journalist. 1916-2009.
A probing rhetorical question remains: how self-reliant am I? And, more importantly, what action am I going to pursue to move from awareness to capability?