Togetherness vs. Every Man For Himself

Thanks to Mary Elizabeth Williams for her article on Salon today for highlighting one of the most intriguing conversations about the situation the Chilean miners found themselves and the tantalizing process of their rescue, is the the idea that every-man-for-himself is rarely the best solution in any given situation.  The fact that the miners were able to keep themselves energized and organized medically, socially, and professionally in unthinkable conditions is a humbling example of the notion of one for all and all for one in times of extreme stress has once again proven to be the most effective solution.  The gathering together of rescue resources from around the world, working together successfully amplified the notion even further.

How lovely it would be if the same notion could be applied to other public conversations, i.e. politics, economic policy, arts, religion, education, the press.  You know, all those things that are tripping us up at the moment.

Today I’m fantasizing that the glowing success out of Chile and the conversation around it will be the tipping point that moves us from the current tired, cranky, small-minded conversations into a world of great possibilities and solutions that we can all share.

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2 comments so far

  1. Dakota Dee on

    Bravo — lots of learning in this post . . . thank you.

    At the moment, I’m applying the premise to the closer circle of family — & our own adult children. As much as I, the mom, needs to refocus attention on self at times (shades of the me-generation mentality, it’s ever apparent how much stronger each of us are individually when we’re also working as a team for the family. Splintered into our own private spheres weakens the whole. I see that. It takes a lotta work to balance it all.

    And our circle is so much smaller than those larger “public conversations.” But I think if we can learn to make the smaller circles work, the rippling effect just might reach those other shores — in time.

    • ttaylorblog on

      I love your notion of smaller groups of us, families and friends, working together to ensure the happiness and success of the individuals having a rippling effect on the larger community. Also much appreciate your reminder that the success of the group is dependent upon happy engaged individuals who are able to take care of themselves on all levels. Might our collective (oooo, a scary word in these times) health and happiness be a matter of the right balance of taking care of self and taking care of needs of our groups, and creating systems that support that balance be a much more interesting conversation to be involved in.

      Thanks so much for continuing the thought,
      Toni


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