Adaptation has Always been the Key

6' 1" used to be tall. I'm the second shortest.
6' 1" used to be tall. I'm the second shortest.

Adaptation has Always been the Key

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

From humble beginnings life on earth has succeeded and flourished because of one factor- Adaptation. From simple single-celled Amoeba to complex organisms, evolution has occurred because of the ability to adapt to changing environments. ‘Survival of the fittest’ is coined as the perfect expression of Adaptation.

Each step of evolution is moulded by the ability to adapt and even though we see ourselves as already evolved, humanity is still evolving, in ways that we often do not consider. Physically we have increased in height significantly in only a short few hundred years. Our intelligence increases three IQ points every decade and technology is changing every aspect of modern life. Adaption remains the key to a successful life on every level.

What then are the challenges of adaptation that affect our everyday life? Technology is certainly a major influence, considering it has transformed everything from transport, current affairs through media devices, telephone mobility, and above all the internet. Singularly, the internet has changed how we connect with one another, how we learn and entertain ourselves. The extent of this techno-revolution is still in infancy and how we remain connected to it will determine our place in the future.

Children for example are now growing up with technologies that for me, I saw come into existence. Children appear adapted from the beginning with an innate connection to computer technologies. My sixteen year old types faster than I can speak and doesn’t look at the keyboard; no big deal, you say? He’s never been taught and has a detailed understanding of computer functions and processes. This is adaptation. Conversely, the older we get, the less connection we have with new technologies.

I used to own recording studios and now when something goes wrong with my flat screen and surround system, I have to employ my kids to fix it. I’m a little lost, not senile, but I think this is an indication of how we evolve, each in our own time.

Culturally, there are many adaptations that we face daily. Only a century ago, marriage and the family were the cornerstones of society. These days, marriage is becoming less important and when it is chosen, the failure rates are about fifty per cent. In conclusion, we have changed our vision of partnership and what it means. There is a definite sense of ‘build in obsolescence’, an understanding that partnerships rarely last. That viewpoint has created a world where many people can no longer commit or aren’t prepared to work for a relationship.

Consequently we have to adapt to a new process where many of us, including middle-aged people, are once again single and searching for partnerships. We are no longer young and the process we know has changed. So adaptation now involves dating on-line and a new set of rules. The dynamic is different and we are no longer the carefree confident people we were thirty years ago.

So, some of the most challenging adaptations in the 21st century are different from our forebears. We no longer have predators breathing down our necks, nor the problems of shelter, warmth or cold. We live in a dynamic techno world where technology moves faster than some of us can cope. In the end it is ‘the circle of life’. We have our shot under the spotlight and I now look to my children to adapt to their futures. One thing is sure, humanity is more than capable of dealing with any future, provided we can keep the lunatics at bay and not blow ourselves to oblivion. I live in Hope.

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