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Wazza's Trans-Tasman tales (cont.)
Looking at the human interactions we see two groups with strong advantageous qualities, the rescuer Seals and the Wild Boars rescuees, who are both inherently ‘teams’ with innate capabilities for acting in self-organising ways that benefit the intents and purposes of their group. For the Wild Boars, their practices and performances as a football team and the presence of their coach afforded them a great advantage in dealing with the adversities they faced. For the Seals – both the specialist cave divers and the ‘official’ Thai Navy divers – their deeply embodied expertise formed through operating (usually as buddies) in often opaque and torturously confining environments with delicately balanced life support systems, afforded a similar advantage. And, in the case of one of the leading cave divers, his anaesthesiology profession offered a further highly desirable advantage – unparalleled knowledge of the human respiratory system and support technologies.
As to how these interactions transpired, no doubt much will be written and documentaries produced in time, but in my mind much can be attributed to chaos and complexity at work. This is not to detract from aspects of rationality that arguably played their part in decision making, but rather to emphasise ways of being and doing that are often overlooked in the rush to ‘find’ ‘answers’ for ‘problems’. What is evident to me is that many of the Seal’s actions, amongst themselves and with the Wild Boars, were affectively nonlinear. That is, their actions interactively engaged them in unpredictable conditions, conduct and consequences that were experienced and responded to by drawing on awareness, experience, intuition and intelligence. The nonlinear interactive process thereby becomes a continuous experiencing-knowing-doing cycle that is as much a mindful creative act as it is a rational one. Two examples of this that spring to mind are: navigating through a claustrophobic cave enclosure under muddy water in pitch darkness, and; evaluating the capacity of a child to undergo an unknown extreme physical and mental challenge. The former calls for tactile awareness and spatial envisioning and the latter expects nuanced interpersonal emotional engagement.
What inspired my piece this month most of all was the wonderful, insightful illustration above by artist Sisidea that the Thai Navy Seals published on their Facebook page. The image portrays the nice symmetry I initially mentioned by bringing all of the elements into focus while giving us a sense of how they interactively engage with chaos and complexity for order to emerge. It also does this in a style that resonates really well with the youthfulness and playfulness of the kids concerned. cartoon
There is something very satisfying in not only sharing in the experience of a heartening outcome to a challenging situation but to also being able to offer some insight into the circumstances prevailed.
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