In a world of considerable corruption, bullying, exploitation and other abuses, it can sometimes seem impossible to maintain peaceful resilience without appearing cowardly. Effectively confronting narcissism can seem overwhelming. Narcissism is prevalent and possibly ubiquitous, as is manipulative charisma.
So many people are vulnerable to abuse when attempting to make their dreams a reality, whether in Australia or elsewhere. Self-serving politicians deny responsibility for exploitative practices yet governments have the ability to set societal priorities, and acceptable standards of conduct.
When governments fail, it is up to peaceful citizens to show resilience in the face of difficult dilemmas. For everyone to do their best, and be their best, near enough is not good enough, but expecting the impossible is abusive in itself, even in New Zealand.
When the people defending the public against bullies are punished by the state, whether in China or elsewhere, peaceful resilience becomes the only viable option. That resilience is the only barrier against despair for people seeking justice.
Peaceful resilience is often necessary purely for mental health reasons. Resilience can sometimes be the only resistance against poor health, especially for people in poverty or other dangerous circumstances.
Inadequate or excessively expensive products and services, particularly products and services associated with health care, are usually signs of greed replacing need. Narcissists run companies, hospitals and governments for their own purposes. Peaceful people run companies, hospitals and governments to make the world a better place.
Whether overcharging for medicines in Britain or overcharging for hospitalisation in India, or providing inadequate support for distressed or bereaved family members, anywhere in the world, the public deserves better. The narcissists must pay for their own greed and insensitivity. But what is fair?
There have been many narcissists in politics, from Australia to Zimbabwe to all sorts of other places. But how can peaceful resilience change that?
How do you express and maintain your own peaceful resilience when confronting abusiveness and other challenges?