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In the fog

When the situation seems unreal, the future becomes more difficult to grasp. We then enter the fog of uncertainty, our attention on the lookout and our minds perplexed, on the threshold of paralysis. The art of navigating uncertainty comes directly from the navy and the art of surviving confusion, from the army. What to do in the absence of information, contacts, experience, landmarks, in a changing, chaotic and potentially dangerous environment? The answer is obvious: get informed, make contacts, observe, situate oneself, take a position, change one's mind, coordinate, move, act,... deciding on every moment.

A student at the end of his studies, a refugee landing in a country whose daily life he does not know, a worker from a moribund company,... all of them are facing a nebulous future, in an uncomfortable position. What can we say on a social level, when a health emergency is added to an armed conflict under the menace of an environmental situation that continues to deteriorate in a technological environment in turmoil?

In such a context, the answer to "What will you do when you finish school?" will seem unlikely if it concerns a distant future.  In the absence of experiences or contacts, no evaluation will tip the balance. You have tried baking but you know nothing about computers, which could be your passion. Someone might be looking for your qualities but doesn't know you exist. What you are aiming for will soon be replaced by another reality and will make all your investment obsolete... back to square one. Get informed, make contacts, observe, situate yourself, ..., ... decide on every moment.

In the fog, it's in your best interest to keep your eyes open and stay alert; the range of prediction is shortened, but the action is no less potentially satisfying. One can just as easily end up in the North of Hell as in the East of Eden.

It is easy to criticize after the fact the decisions that were made in the action. To better judge them, one must place oneself in the context in which they were made. Beyond judgment, the capacity to decide is usefully developed in action and in the imagination of all that could happen and how to respond to it, not in the reproduction of past strategies that no longer have anything to do with reality. Many phenomena and principles are worth knowing, but what determines their relevance to a situation is precisely the goal of observation and becomes the stuff of decision.

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Denys Lamontagne - [email protected]

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