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My Foundation is one that got a reality check some time in the recent past. They realized that they can't just keep containing anomalies, and that they're not learning from them with current practices. They've also learned that, sometimes, containment isn't the best option. They're not going to destroy everything, but when it comes to something like a reality bender, it's better to study them on an autopsy table.
So, they've upped their game: more rigorous testing, experimental procedures that wouldn't make any first grader with knowledge of the scientific method cringe1 and most importantly, more results. Vaccines for anomalous diseases were developed and covertly distributed, the Scranton Reality Anchor project finally got funding2, and a program dedicated to prolonging human life while maintaining biological viability was started. Overall, a greater effort to understand and use the anomalous (or perhaps, the no-longer-anomalous) was made.
There were roadblocks here and there, of course. Some of the older crowd stonewalled these ideas, afraid that they would lose their jobs if the anomalous became known, or that far worse consequences could result from messing with the laws of physics in ways we didn't fully understand. Others, still sore from General Adolf Stan Bowe's Omega 7 snafu, were afraid that the Foundation would once again attempt to use anomalous personnel, passing them off as being 'understood'.
There's still a lot my Foundation doesn't understand, of course. But, mine's more optimistic than most. They don't want mankind to go back to living in fear, and what is fear if not just an irrational emotion directed at the unknown, the other, the thing that goes bump in the night? The Foundation wants to assure the world at large (and themselves) that the thing that went bump is explainable.
So, yeah, a tad optimistic, but that's me. Sometimes.