Tuesday, November 07, 2006
My theory on stuff
Current mood: contemplative
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Darwin
This quote reminds me of the many faces that each of us put on in a
day, and the ambivalence we may experience as a result of these faces.
Let me clarify what I mean by faces. I am primarily (but certainly not
limited to) being: a husband, son, relative of some sort, friend,
therapist, mentor, and student.
Then, within each of these faces I have several distinct roles that I choose to utilize depending on the situation.
We all do this. It’s part of being human. The Darwin quote comes in
to play with regards to how we navigate through each of the roles
within each of the faces we put on. Some of us effortlessly breeze
through these roles/faces for each presenting situation in our
ever-changing world. Others truly struggle removing themselves from
roles that may be detrimental or useless in situations that call for a
more applicable role. These people may have strong characteristics
within certain roles, or may know one or two faces particularly well
and how to use them, but eventually fail to navigate effectively
My theory is that these struggles effect
everything from interpersonal relationships to global wars.
Unsuccessful navigation of these roles create a ripple effect much like
throwing a stone into a pond. Ultimately, a keen awareness of these
roles and the best way to utilize them is what determines survival of
our species as well as successful nations vs. unsuccessful nations.