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Sustainable policy #24

Recovery (Fu)

Metaphors: Turning point / Return / Re-emergence


Social A sustainable policy cycle may recover spontaneously from adverse conditions, with the old patterns being transformed naturally into the new. This process of renewal should not be disturbed by acting prematurely.

Sub-conditions:

1. Occasionally the sustainable policy cycle will not be able to avoid adopting inferior values, at least to some degree; such errors should not be regretted if they are rectified promptly. (Resulting in: Receptivity).

2. Renewal calls for a positive decision by the sustainable policy cycle to confirm the stability of the new order; this is best done in a supportive environment. (Resulting in: Initiative).

3. Renewal is not impossible, even if the sustainable policy cycle is so unstable as to be repeatedly attracted to inferior values, only to renounce them after each such deviation. (Resulting in: Decline).

4. Although in an environment dominated by inferior values, the sustainable policy cycle may renew itself in isolation by responding to superior values. (Resulting in: Crisis preparedness).

5. If the time is appropriate for renewal, the sustainable policy cycle should publicly recognize any errors in its old pattern of actions, rather than reinforcing them with trivial arguments. (Resulting in: Initial difficulty).

6. If the sustainable policy cycle does not take advantage of an appropriate occasion for renewal, it is condemned, by its own attitude, to an extended period of unfortunate conflictual relationships with its environment. (Resulting in: Support).

Transformation sequence Recovery lifts the weight of the past leading to innocent spontaneity. (Resulting in: Spontaneity).


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Earlier version in 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986).

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