When Resilience is Impaired
An impairment of resilience due to a wide spectrum of stresses is an essential factor in the viability of biological, social, economic, and as will be seen a wide spectrum of other systems. In human health impaired resilience can manifest in many forms, and illnesses– diabetes, hypertension, obesity, for example, which show co-morbidity and share in common a loss of resilience. Co-morbidity suggests that the impairment of resilience associated with one illness and cascade or multiply in others. The multiplying costs to U.S. society and other countries of a loss of resilience have not and perhaps cannot be estimated.
We have even fewer studies of the benefits of enhanced resilience to civil societies and in particular their positive multiplier effects. As resilience is a capacity of systems to adapt positively to change and adversity, given the stakes it may be valuable to approach the entire subject with fresh eyes and a new paradigm.
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