Evolutionary grit: adapt and thrive. | 74/100

I’m in Turkey. It’s 41 degrees celsius. I’m melting – all I can do is dip into the pool, lounge in the sun, sip an ice cold Efes and eventually retreat into the shade. It’s absolutely glorious.

But, despite my weakness, all around me, people are going about their daily lives. They’re going to work, doing the school run, picking up groceries. Life goes on.

We adapt to our environment. Humans are good at that. We build tools and shelter and work out ways to survive wherever we are. It’s worth bearing in mind every time you feel overwhelmed, or stressed, or panicked: we’ve got through worse. Our ancestors stitched mammal skins together to survive ice ages, reset broken bones and limped on thousands of miles, endured unbearable hardship.

That strength, that ingenuity – it’s in your bones.

Maybe you just need to rediscover it.


On the other hand, Darwin puts it all into perspective:

An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.

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