The Principle of Adaptation
“To go against the evolution of things is to against yourself”
This Principle emphasizes that when we know clearly beforehand the outcome of a situation, the correct attitude is to accept it as completely as possible, trying find opportunities even in this unfavorable situation.
What we are saying is that we should not oppose things that are inevitable.
This does not mean we should not try to change whatever we can. If human beings had believed that illnesses were unavoidable, medical science would never have advanced. Humanity progresses thanks to the need to solve problems and to the possibility of doing so. If a person gets stranded in the desert, is it inevitable that they will die? This person will do everything they can to get out of this predicament. And it will be more likely that they will find an oasis or be rescued if they use all possible resources to make themselves visible at a distance. Thus, to be applied correctly this Principle should be used only in situations that are truly inevitable.
The following fable illustrates this Principle:
In a lake lived a turtle named Turtleneck, who had two wild geese as friends. There came a drought that lasted twelve years, and the geese were worried that the lake was going to dry up. “Let us look for another waterhole,” they said. “Unfortunately, we will have to say goodbye to our friend Turtleneck.”
When they did this, the turtle replied, “I am a native of these parts and I can always find water, but you may not have enough, so I understand your departure. Nevertheless, life would be boring without you. So we should all leave together.”
“We cannot bring you with us since you are a creature without wings.”
“But,” said the turtle, “There is a way to make it possible. Bring me a wooden stick.”
The geese did this, and the turtle clamped her beak down on the middle of the stick, saying, “Now hold it firmly with your beaks, one on each side. Then take off and fly evenly through the sky until we find another desirable place for us all to live.”
“But,” they replied, “There are two obstacles in this nice plan. First, you do not need to go anywhere else, and for us it’s a question of life or death. The stick and your weight could endanger our flight as well as yourself. Besides, if you do what you usually do and start talking, you might lose your life.”
“Oh!” said the turtle, “You need water and I need company. So we are all in the same situation. As for my talkativeness, from this moment on I’m taking an oath of silence, and I’ll stay that way as long as we are in the air.”
The friends then put the plan into action. But as they laboriously carried the turtle over a nearby city, the people below noticed them and a confused murmuring arose.
They asked, “What is that object like a chariot that two birds are carrying through space? It might be some Maharajah, or some other powerful being.”
The turtle, remembering when some children had thrown stones at her in the lake, wanted to show the people she could fly. She cried out proudly, “It is I, Turtleneck!”
She had scarcely spoken when the poor thing lost her hold and fell to the ground. And the people, who liked her meat, cut her up and ate her.
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