Building Resilience in 2020 and Beyond

It’s difficult to plan beyond 2020 as the most basic needs are yet to be met. What I’ve learned is that altruism makes the planet tick. The power of goodness always prevails. The more I give, the more I get back.

The lowest rung of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs focuses on safety and survival. This is where most of us are. By global cooperation and running towards the fire, the world stands a chance to find its footing faster.

Once the rubble clears, I wonder what will happen in a daunting new normal. I know that yet-to-be-created technologies and algorithms will power humanity’s reborn existence. What will those new algorithms be — expanding an automated and digital lifestyle which we’ve already embraced? How much will physical safety and economic safety nets become part of the latest algorithms?

Most of us will depend on economic recovery and what becomes available in our hospitals, on our smartphones, and in our bank accounts. Is it even possible to think beyond safety, survival, and a sense of digital belonging?

If we live the right questions now, clear cut answers might appear unexpectedly. I believe the pinnacle of Maslow’s hierarchy — finding purpose and self-actualization — is within striking distance by asking difficult questions in times of uncertainty. It helps that I meditate, do pranayama, and pray. The mind unlocks faster when there is nowhere to go but within.

In a couple of months, the world turned upside down, giving everyone the same set of problems. Stumbling upon holistic questions is more important than finding simplistic answers. My journey shouldn’t be one that’s merely self-serving. My family’s survival depends on collective solutions.

The pathway towards an inner journey arrived, and not necessarily by accident. I’m an unexpected beneficiary. I hope this gives others the motivation to look ’inside’ while they stay inside, too.

Raj