Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry, and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.” Will Durant

Those wreaking havoc in the river temporarily impact the activity on the banks. Ultimately those who choose to disrupt civilizations eventually disappear. Nevertheless, the banks continue and move forward. Human history is filled with the decline and fall of empires. The story on the banks lives on. Marcus Aurelius says that “Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”

The real value of chaos is that it provides you with new perspectives. The consequences of actions, elections, changes are catalysts that trigger engaging in monitoring and controlling activity in the stream. In order to protect the banks, you must be a participant in responding to these consequences. Constant vigilance is not an option, but an essential and continuous protection of the developing stories of civilization.