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An Octogenarian in the modern world

SELF-RELIANCE

A headline in the paper screams about a need to END AUSTERITY, and urges the government to develop a PLAN B for economic recovery. No positive suggestion, of course, about what it might be. I doubt if real recovery will happen till we rediscover the spirit of looking to our own resources rather than expecting institutional help. Here’s a theory. Imagine that each of us has a Self-Reliance Quotient (SRQ – rather like the IQ) that is balanced by an OtherRQ. Imagine that if one goes up, the other goes down – and the reverse. Then imagine that the National SRQ is the sum of the SRQ of all citizens. If a nation spends 40 years allowing the ORQ to be fashionable it is logical that the National SRQ should be weak.

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