7 Perils of the “Survival of the Fittest” Theory…

2015/07/02

Ever since Herbert Spencer coined this term based on Darwin’s theories, it has probably been the most used excuse for anything that we would not do in a more cooperative world. Though we don’t live in what can be defined as a cooperative world, the irony is, we also want to get away from what is called the “Rat Race”. Pretty nice contradictions to live with right?

So, have you noticed people who live by the survival of the fittest theory? Irrespective of the demographics or socioeconomic background they come from, there are some commons traits and behaviors they seem to display which is not only remarkably consistent, but also clearly distinguishable. These are some I have noticed.

They cant make meaningful friendships: Forget friendships, many cant even make meaningful relationships with siblings. Since people who live by this theory always have to be better than the crowd, anyone part of it is a competition. And because of this, no one can be a true a friend. Most people they know are only accomplices that can come in handy for the pursuit of goals.

They are mostly comfortable, but highly stressed too: Again, this is a result of meaningless comparisons and pointless pursuits. Since the world can only take a “few” survivors, wanting to survive is a need that results in (mostly) pointless analysis.

They don’t trust easily: Actually, this could have been the first point. In fact, it is this trait that results in point 1.

They play their cards close to their chest: Since they hardly trust anyone, they have no choice but to play their cards close to their chest. Sometimes, it can be so apparent that even an innocuous, question like “when do you generally leave from work?” would be replied with a suspicious “why do you ask this?” question. But, at the far end, they would not mind taking favors from the same people though.

They have an apparent scarcity mindset: Try asking them to part with something they own, and you will know this. Even if they know its hardly useful, they just can’t part with what is theirs.

They just don’t mind passing the buck: Forget “not minding” passing the buck, some would have even mastered this art. In many cases, they might even take credit for what they don’t deserve, but not take responsibility for anything close to failure.

What they live by is a substitute of what they live for: Everyone has ambitions which results from life goals and we make some compromises to achieve them, but people who have the survivor mindset actually don’t seem to have any true “no-no’s” for themselves. The only no-no would probably be not compromising on their goals.

Whatever said and done, survival of the fittest mindset people also have their own moments and pursuits of happiness. But mostly, their happiness would be a derivative of what comforts they can possibly possess.

What do you think? Am I missing anything here? Or is “survival of the fittest” a natural process that we have to “adapt” to?


The Thin Line Theory

2010/04/22

There is a thin line between success and failure. There is a thin line between life and death. There is a thin line between this and that… and the list goes on. The phrase “thin line” does seem to have its own effect. So, in an attempt to make this post a bit dramatic, I have a thin line theory of my own.

Here is a small question, is Line 2 bigger than line 1 or is Line 1 smaller than line 2. The answer to this question can talk a lot about your abilities as a team player. There are two ways to make a line bigger, make it physically bigger, or draw another smaller line next to it. Many of us, in a zeal to prove we are better, start proving our “competitor” to be worser unconsciously. I feel this is one of the worst traits for “healthy competition”. Forget about this being wrong, it can be highly embarrassing and backfire on us too. What would happen if my boss figures it out – and its easiest for the boss to figure it out by the way.

I think the best way to prove we are better is by getting better at what we do than what we were the day before. Competition with others is always a myth – I can never fully understand another persons abilities to actually compete with them. Also, I think it is easier for me to analyse my own competencies rather than another persons weaknesses. I think the easiest (and also the most durable) way for success in the “rat race” is to ensure you compete with yourself on a daily basis. Try to get better than what you were yesterday, on a daily basis. What do you think?


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