"Survival of the fittest" theory and climate crisis. It's all about adaptation. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
For the record, scientist Charles Darwin never said this:
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."
However, Darwin's colleagues and disciples forwarded this quote as they read over his notes and looked at his evidence. The species that were able to live on when an environment rapidly changed were those who developed adaptable approaches and skill sets. The biggest and most cut throat species were eventually phased out. That's why we don't have dinosaurs running up and down our streets today. That happened for humans, too about 50 thousand years ago when we embraced more feminine ideas and principles so that we didn't die out then...
So here we are, at yet another moment in time when rapid change is forcing us to confront an existential threat to our time on the earth in the form of climate crisis. Unfortunately, some of us believe maintaining the status quo will allow us to navigate this time of change. All the while, Darwin's evidence says just the opposite -- adapt.
Adaptation means rethinking the very processes that got us to this point of crisis in the first place. It means considering new, innovative and creative approaches to how we are to live going forward. It means embracing just the opposite of the ways that we've employed over the past few centuries. It means a complete re-evaluation of what works, what doesn't and what can we do now with the tools at hand.
The truth is that adaptation is a good thing. It forces us to rethink what works best, instead of taking for granted years and years of ideas that aren't agile in a new world. This kind of re-evaluation isn't something that should be left up to a few guys in backroom meetings. This is the time when communities must start to think about their immediate future and how they will grow to meet the crisis head on. I just returned from my home state of Iowa and I can tell you first hand, the people there ARE asking those questions after some of the nasty flooding this spring.
Adaptation, like change, can be our friend, but only if we reach out and shake hands with it. If we leave the current time to it's own devices (as some are suggesting) we are writing our own epitaph, as so many other species have done before us. I'm not writing the article to frighten or scare........well, okay, maybe a little bit. But it's primarily meant to remind us all we are now looking at a moment to get rid of racism, sexism, exploitation, and income inequality. They all come from the same source that made us enemy to the planet.
The future does not belong to the fastest, quickest, biggest or strongest. It belongs to those of you who are saying
"I bet we can do better than this."
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org