Resilience is most often associated with physical and mental toughness. Grit, endurance, pushing one’s limits, or the ability to persist, persevere and prevail through adversity, tragedy and misfortune. Resilient individuals are heralded as survivors, heroes or super humans.
In truth, resilience is much more common and ordinary. The ability to adapt, change, adjust, the willingness to listen, learn, and lean in – that’s resilience. Resilient individuals stay buoyant and able to bounce back by keeping an open mind, being resourceful, and using their creativity when confronted with set backs or facing uncertainty. Far from being tough, relentless, or rigid, resilient individuals are nimble, flexible, and sensible.
As we enter a future where advancement in science and technology is altering the course of human evolution and the future of our species, our ability and agility in maneuvering through the maze of possibilities will determine the outcome.
The tools and technology to genetically modify our cells, edit our DNA, and enhance our genes are already in use and will continue to improve, not slowly but exponentially. Soon, if not already, Artificial intelligence (AI) built into computers , apps, and software will read our biomarkers, diagnose diseases, find cures, print organs and limbs, extend lives, and invent virtual realities. We may object, argue, or resist but the future where our thoughts, privacy, health, and genetic information will become public domains or common commodities is already here. The question is not how to avoid, escape or protect ourselves from such intrusion or to fear the inevitable, but how to work with and utilize these unprecedented innovations to our advantage.