Bouncing back

Bouncing back: I’m working on a writing assignment about bouncing-back, so maybe I’m hyper attuned to the topic, but here are two interesting takes on the topic from today’s news:’s Frank Saxe reports that business magazines seem to be bouncing back this year. Having a dog in that hunt, I concur…and heartily endorse that belief.

Two more insightful pieces on the topic of bouncing back can be found in today’s WSJ. Both use the Columbia tragedy as the basis for seeking an understanding of resilience. WSJ’s Science Journal columnist Sharon Begley examines the neurology of coping while this op-ed piece by Daniel Henninger explores how we are learning to cope as a country with national tragedies.


Writing years ago about being able to recognize the things that make a society fearful — and at bottom those things are still death and ruin — the eminent public-policy academic Aaron Wildavsky posited a survival strategy known as “resilience.” A resilient society, he argued, doesn’t try to anticipate every imaginable harm, but is able to “bounce back” from bad experiences, using its intelligence to minimize or avoid that harm.

While approaching the subject from different directions, both writers come to the same conclusion: learning to cope is a sign of growth and maturity.