“It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.” – Stephen Hawking
Listen to the song with the same title, I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor and you will get the idea.
Survival is an accomplishment not a given.
We all go through periods and certainly history has shown that survival as an individual, country or world doesn’t happen by magic.
There are any number of people, places, and even our own planet, that have given up. From time to time, or even forever; some do not go on or continue.
Our planet has died several times before and today many fear that happening again. Some through human causes and some just nature’s evolution.
Countries have gone through destruction and many have not survived or not survived as they had done before. Resiliency may have a lot to do with it. Changing the way things were done before can help in many instances.
And so too with we humans.
How many individuals and families have gone through not just tough times, but horrific times and come through, not unscathed but maybe stronger or bent.
Even in concentration camps some women gave birth. That’s really hope and faith in a better future.
But today we are faced with a number of facts that are disturbing and give cause for concern.
The suicide rate for females is dramatically higher. People are using opioids, other drugs, and alcohol, to a dramatic extent.
Our infrastructure is deteriorated to an alarming degree.
Our educational system is not producing learned people. Well, maybe it is better to survive happily if you are dumb!
People are not nice for the most part and being an individual who is independent and making money seems to be what matters.
Forget politeness and looking like you care about how you look.
Robots may soon be taking over a lot of what we think of as humanity. The prediction is that by 2020 you will spend more time in contact with a robot than with your spouse! That may be a relief for some, as a matter of fact…
HOWEVER, the other side of the coin is that it does take gumption, strength, and maybe just a sliver of hope to get through.
There are some great positive things happening around us. There are wonderful researchers, for example, at places like the Cleveland Clinic working on a vaccine for breast cancer.
There are creative writers and just decent people struggling to make this a better place to live and work, and have the planet come together for the good of all.
There are sturdy families helping one another and sharing good and bad times together.
There are neighbors reaching out to offer a helping hand.
And there are individuals struggling to find deeper meaning in their lives with one another.
Of course, you knew I’d get there… there is only one course for action; learn how to really LOVE!!
Without that you as an individual cannot offer much to another or to the community or to the world.
It is the most difficult learning in the world. For some it may come easily because they were loved from the start and learned to love themselves first but for many it is a slow painful process. There is always rejection, hurt, betrayal, and despair along the way.
The trick is to survive all of that and keep pushing ahead. Do not give up as long as you breathe.
Find a way to care… about anything. Then work on caring about another human being. There are always people out there who need caring and love. It is up to you to reach out and find them. They will not come floating through your window. YOU go out and find them!!
Just surviving is not enough… it is how you survive!
“Life comes from physical survival; but the good life comes from what we care about.” – Rollo May
Have you gone through really tough times? What got you through? What do you truly care about?