It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
- Charles Darwin
Sixty million years ago, the dinosaurs, among the most evolved species ever, became extinct when a comet struck, causing what we call today a “nuclear winter.” Smaller, more adaptable creatures survived, including our pre-human ancestors. Ironically, viruses, by transferring genetic material to their hosts, have been a major factor in our evolution.
In 1347, ships bringing goods from the far east arrived in Genoa, bringing with them the Black Plague. In just four years it killed an estimated thirty to sixty percent of Europeans. The population of that continent took more than 200 years to recover. Those who survived were those who adapted.
Today, we once again must reconcile ourselves to a rapidly changing world. As government and industry scramble to supply masks and other short supplies and to find a cure, the rest of us are learning to adapt.
For many years, I’ve taught at local universities on a part-time basis. This past January I decided to make it my full-time profession. On March 10 Kennesaw State University announced plans to convert all classes to online to protect our students, staff and faculty.
What I’ve discovered in the ensuing weeks are many things I should have been doing all along. COVID19, like everything else, will pass. When it does, I believe we’ll find ourselves forever changed in many ways.
Most importantly, I’ve found that the hour I save each day by no longer commuting affords me time to reach out to people I haven’t spoken to in years and see how they’re doing.
How are you adapting?