Adapt or change


darwin-007Faced with either of these two options….most of us will adapt.

I can fully understand how a clever mind observing a world of animals, insects and birds; tribes nations and humanity, would arrive at a theory like evolution. For we must remember that which is now taught as fact is merely one theory.

Since man was first faced with a problem he has adapted to suit he has innovated and invented his way to comfort. With each passing decade we have added greater levels of ease to our existence while leaving those who cannot pay in our wake.

We have gone from the horrendous casualty numbers of the last century where bodies were literally driven at each other, to drone flying surgically remote killing from a distance. Soldiers will always die on fields of war but we have succeeded in reducing the numbers.

Faced this morning with the option of tying or not tying my laces I chose the latter. Now on any other day this would be fine as I wear my comfy New Balance for only 20 minutes each day driving to and from work.

Today, however, was a cycling day.

In that moment, while tucking the end of the lace into my shoe instead of tying it, I rationalised away the previous occasions where it had caught in the chain during my cycle. Those seconds spared seem like a good trade off to an early riser like myself.

Almost inevitably the pedal caught the lace mid journey. Rather than stop for ten teconds to rectify the source of the issue I again adapted, now in my defence, it had started to rain and the wind was driving it with a gentle relentlessnous so that my glasses were requiring wipers.

So it was that for the remainder of my short cycle my right foot was bent at an awkward angle away from the pedal to keep the flapping lace from entanglement. You may be of the character type that would despair at such behaviour (as would I on most occasions) and yet at times I will walk for hours with a stone in my shoe trying to shuffle it aside instead of removing it.

All over the world and in every culture there are individuals who have adapted to something instead of changing it. The further we travel down that road the more difficult it becomes to step off of it. I recognise that necessity has left some with no other option, where medical care is outwith their grasp or unfortunate birth issues have left permanent marks. But that is not always the case.

We make excuses for our behaviour, calling it genetics or upbringing but that only goes so far. We all have something that we could pin things on but that doesn’t absolve us of the responsibility to change it.

I can write this because, primarily, I myself am being confronted with thought processes and ways of doing things that need to change. The ripples go always outward from our actions and don’t only affect ourselves.

Yes it may just have been a shoe lace, but it’s significance in my character was infinitely more.



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