There is a certain sense in which we have largely lost our resilience.
It seems to me that this is an outcome not particularly unexpected, based on the specialized society to which we seem to be moving. Specialization implies a high degree of knowledge and expertise about a particular subject, but also has demonstrated (at least in nature) an inability to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.
Resilience is the ability to spring back from unexpected events or unexpected changes. It is the ability to find fifty ways to make something out of what you have when you have more month than paycheck; it is the willingness to find another way to move the heavy object when the lift is not present. It is the fortitude to take the job loss and figure out another way to generate income.
What resilience does not do - and I fear we are rapidly doing - is divorce itself from reality.
Perhaps we have already reached that point. Students will in some cases no longer tolerate opinions that are not agreeable, so they demand the other opinions disappear. A worldwide budgetary crisis that claims only in becoming more debt ridden can one become free and demonstrating charity. And an economy that somehow believes that everything ultimately comes from the Internet, instead of the places where it is actually produced and thus who and how it is made is actually of very little concern.
I wonder if we are close to a point where our resilience is tested, one of those great moments that occasionally populate history where everything changes in a moment and suddenly who is resilient and who is fragile is uncovered in blinding colors.
The resilient will survive, as they always have. The fragile will collapse into a million shards.