The original impact of the meteorite may have killed thousands of dinosaurs, but other species on Earth didn’t disappear, otherwise we wouldn’t be here right now. Did the dinosaurs disappear because they didn’t know how to adapt to change?
After the initial explosion of this famous meteorite, which scientists claim happened in Siberia, it took a while for the dinosaurs to become extinct. The clouds of dust that resulted from the impact took years to spread through the atmosphere, eventually leading to the extinction of the great beasts.
The real reason for the dinosaurs’ disappearance wasn’t the explosion itself, but what happened over the next few hundred years, as the deadly dust spread through the air. If it had been the explosion itself, all animal species would have disappeared at the same time.
The real reason why the dinosaurs disappeared was their inability to adapt to the climactic changes that ensued, which I remind you occurred over hundreds of years. Other species like small mammals (our forefathers) did survive because they were continually adapting to their environment through mutation.
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) said it himself: “It isn’t always the strongest or the most intelligent species that survive, but those that adapt best to change." The British naturalist and father of modern evolution was the first to claim we are descended from a long line of animals, through adaptation. He also set forth a theory to explain the reasons for the disappearance and survival of different species inhabiting the Earth at one time or another.
The world is perpetually changing, so why shouldn’t you?
Whether you want it or not, the world is involved in a process of permanent change. Civilizations rise and fall, political regimes come and go, lifestyles are altered, new ideas replace time-worn principles. From these examples we could conclude that the greatest principle in life is “permanent change.”
If you take a look at your own life, from the time you were born to the present, you’ll see that you too have been constantly changing. And there’s nothing you can do to stop the transformation… except adapt!
Adapting has nothing to do with being trendy!
This is an important point: adapting doesn’t mean getting hooked on fads. Being “trendy” is a superficial attitude that often denotes general instability and a complete lack of values. Adapting to change demands serious reflection and in-depth analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of each option. You need to learn to determine which of your old ideas are still valid in the new situations life presents to you. And that can only be accomplished if you take time to analyze your options from different angles.
Adapting, unlike being trendy, requires lasting and fundamental choices that will ultimately result in your success or failure.
Qualities you need to adapt
If you want to be able to adapt to a world that’s changing more and more rapidly, you need to cultivate certain virtues and qualities that are indispensable for permanently transforming your life. Without them nothing is possible.
The first thing you have to do is be open-minded and start asking yourself some serious questions. Intellectual curiosity and the constant search for new information will lead you to new truths.
No one is the sole keeper of Truth. You may think you know the truth, but you could be wrong. No one possesses the absolute Truth.