Adaptation and bouncing forward

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, May 9, 2016.

News can seem to be a nonstop narrative of tragedies and victims: an unceasing flow of children, women, and men routed by war, fleeing drought, epidemics, terrorists, repression. These victims need urgent help—first aid, food, shelter, recovery assistance, developmental know-how.

But while there will always be new tragedies and new victims, most of today’s victims will recover, rebuild, and get on with life. Everyone has ancestors who were dealt a blow. Even if some never quite shook off traumatic memories, most recovered, adapted, and went on with their lives. Their children were born in hope. Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren rarely know the privations they faced.

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