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Sustainable policy #32

Endurance (Heng)

Metaphors: Perseverance / Continuity


Social A sustainable policy cycle may be characterized by a self-renewing movement acting alternately on itself and on society. For a sustainable policy cycle of superior values this ensures a flexibility in response to the environment which is grounded on an inner directive that governs all its actions.

Sub-conditions:

1. The sustainable policy cycle can only ensure enduring effects through careful action over a long period that precludes any form of precipitate action. (Resulting in: Power).

2. If the strength of the sustainable policy cycle is greater than its material resources, successful control may avoid an inappropriate response. (Resulting in: Conscientiousness).

3. Inconsistency on the part of the sustainable policy cycle, in response to external events, leads to unexpected forms of humiliation. (Resulting in: Liberation).

4. For the sustainable policy cycle to achieve success through persistence, it is necessary that the action should be appropriate. (Resulting in: Advancement).

5. If the sustainable policy cycle undertakes an active role, it should remain flexible in adapting to circumstances in the light of its enduring values; whereas in a passive role, it should be consistent in conforming to external guidelines. (Resulting in: Importance).

6. If the sustainable policy cycle is permanently agitated, any attempt to produce enduring effects is undermined. (Resulting in: Cultural heritage).

Transformation sequence Endurance cannot continue indefinitely, therefore withdrawal takes place. (Resulting in: Withdrawal).


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

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