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On Being Fittest And Adaptable

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    HariLakhera Platinum IL'ite

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    On being Fittest and Adaptable

    Life on earth depends on the individual's ability to compete, survive and reproduce. This, in short, is Darwinism. Which comes first? Compete, Survive or Reproduce?

    The central point is ‘Survive’. Because without ‘Survival ‘it is not possible to compete and reproduce.

    Then, how to ‘Survive’? By becoming the fittest - that can mean anything or everything- masculine, brave, cunning ……OR

    By becoming adaptable? - That can mean anything- weak, coward, understanding……..

    In my opinion, survival depends more on the ability to adapt than on the ability to be masculine and cunning.

    The question then arises, what is needed to be adaptable? It is no sign of weakness or cowardice. It is just adjusting to the circumstances and environment. All it needs is an adjustment- compromise and accommodation. It may also mean submission to what cannot be changed.

    People living in colder climates of Alaska and Siberia will say, yes.

    It may also mean being pragmatic. I think, yes. Long back, a very famous Hindi writer, in one of his equally famous novel Godan said- ‘If someone is stronger than you, has your neck under his foot, it is safer to massage his legs rather than struggling to get rid - off his clutches, otherwise he would choke you to death under his foot.

    If we look around us, we will find the most successful people were those who could adapt to the circumstances as against those who tried to fight. It's like saying if you can't change the situation, adapt yourself to the situation.

    In other words, try to change but if the circumstances do not budge, change yourself according to the circumstances. There is no use entering into an endless fight. Fight only invites counter fight and opposite reaction.

    Life is too short. Learn to adapt. It is the key to be successful, happy and fit.
     
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    Sandyr46 Finest Post Winner

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    Adapt doesnt neccessarily mean compromise. And if ur survival requires that the other person has to be out of the equation I dont think anybody should stop themselves and cut the cord that chokes their air supply. Self-preservation is the key to survival and yes life is too short. U can make certain modifications but compromising on whats best for ur survival - that wud b a terrible mistake !
     
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    HariLakhera Platinum IL'ite

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    Thanks for your feed back.
    I guess you are very right. But all through ages humans have compromised for survival when everything else failed. We all make compromises. Without this, starting from home to the workplace, we would be simply fighting. The temptations to resort to fighting are so many in our daily life.
    And why would one compromise? For peace of mind. And why would one need peace of mind? For survival. There is a lot of negativity around us and by resorting to fights on every issue that does not meet our favor will only add to the negativity.
     
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    Fights on every issue is not what I meant here when I spoke on 'survival'. No relationship is perfect. Two very different individuals coming together in union will definitely hv lot of differences. But when ur in an abusive relationship that destroys both ur physical n mental peace 'compromise' doesnt arise here, u do what is best for ur 'survival'.
     
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    Dear Sandry,
    I agree with you.
    Abusive relationship.....nobody need to live with it for Survival. One need not compromise or adjust. We have only one life. Some adjustments are needed I agree but need not stoop completely for mere survival.
    Syamala
     
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    I couldn't agree more. There is no point in staying in an abusive relationship. I used the word compromise in a broader sense, not limited to abusive relationships. I would, however, say that it takes two to tango. In any relationship, mutual understanding and respect are paramount. As I said, when every other approach fails, get away, if you can or stay put if you can't. Either way, it will be compromise.
     
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    Most relations die because of lack of communication. No relationship turns abusive in a day. It takes time, even to hate a person completely. Humans are a bundle of contradictions but survival instinct is on top for everyone. Compromise, accommodation, adjustment are part of the journey. Fights emerge only when these options get exhausted. And when I say compromise, I mean for both sides.
    Life cannot be confined to the relationship between two individuals. There is a vast world outside this relationship where we have no option but to adapt for survival.
     

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