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Never ask a literally minded individual passionate about systems to develop an objective overview of resilience without being prepared to deal with the combined concepts of mathematical thought, dynamic systems engineering (foundations, structures, circuitry), multiple disciplines in the world of physics (quantum mechanics, relativity, etc), ancient philosophies, psychology, economic thought, and linguistics being thrown together in a mass of artistic expression I’ve decided to call:

Intellectual Pursuits

Hi there. My name is Ann Marie Schmidt. As a woman already living through my own unique dynamics out here on the autistic frontier, I have had to fight to find personal adaptations to whatever environment I found myself in on a moment-by-moment basis over the course of the 40+ years my mind has spent in existence. Reconciling the physical realities of whatever atmosphere I find myself in with the sensitivities and needs my mind requires has often meant performing mental gymnastics nearly every time I find myself in whatever unique situation I might venture into.

As an adrenaline junkie, I got addicted early on as a child to the twists and turns my mind had to leap through just to function in whatever environment I was expected to adjust to. The idea that I could be consciously aware of the configurations my mind had to contort itself through while at the same time balancing the connections my physical body and emotional states had to contend with has always provided me with a contradictory sense of pleasure when the outcome of any situation I found myself in allowed my mind some sense of satisfaction.

That satisfaction comes from a sense of the ability to perform those mental gymnastics and discover whatever resilience my mind needed at the time, but more often than those experiences, it was the adventure in learning that has led to my ability to catalog failures in the pursuit of better resilience the next time.

Looking around at the current state of affairs in the world, a simple assessment is that we could all use some better resilience awareness and management. A cursory glance at the struggles being dealt with includes armed conflicts and terrorism, crime and incarceration rates, economic insecurities, education failures, ecological disasters, healthcare disparities, social inequalities, food insecurities, dangerous illicit drug use, and too many more to list here without taking up too much space on the page.

And although just one issue can upset any system coping with resilience to stray down some dark corridor, there are people, communities, countries, and even entire continents where mindsets have become so accustomed to the normalcy of these system skewing concerns that any form of resilience seems far off when everybody would just rather find an easy patch to fix things rather than “upset” their entire ways of life.

I believe that responsibility begins when we begin to recognize that the world deserves more than simply resisting the status quo through the naming of discrepancies between narratives and actualities.  I also believe that responsibility begins when we begin to recognize that the world deserves more than some consolative narrative that seeks to ease our worries without any substance behind the words.  That responsibility should even extend to the recognition that the world deserves more than a random bandage over a gaping wound before calling an operation a success.  And deciding to take on that responsibility begins when we start to show people through comprehensive systems analysis and engineering what the real possibilities are out there for our world, our communities, those of us seeking something better for ourselves, and those of us hoping to leave a better tomorrow for our children.

Join me here at Intellectual Pursuits as we explore system resilience through more comprehensive measures…but again, don’t be startled if we have to add a few bits of mathematical thought, dynamic systems engineering(foundations, structures, circuitry), multiple disciplines in the world of physics (quantum mechanics, relativity, etc), ancient philosophies, psychology, economic thought, and linguistics into the mix. You’ll be glad we did!

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