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Survival Strategy -repost

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There are three million species of animals living in tropical rain forests, and one of them, the red fire ant, lives underground. Under constant threat of annihilation from flash floods. Nature doesn’t care. If a species wants to survive, it has to prove it deserves too. When the floods come, fire ants hold on to each other, creating a living raft that can float until the water recedes. Months, if necessary.

So how does a species figure something like that out? Instinct? Trial and error? Was there one fire ant who was being swept away by the rushing water and grabbed on to another ant, only to find that together they could float? What if you were the one who knew what needed to be done but you had no words? How do you make the others understand? How do you call for help?

Human beings are not the strongest species on the planet. We’re not the fastest, or maybe even the smartest. The one advantage we have is our ability to cooperate to help each other out. We recognize ourselves in each other, and we’re programmed for compassion, for heroism, for love. And those things make us stronger, faster and smarter. It’s why we’ve survived. It’s why we even want to.

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(Originally posted on September 21, 2012)

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Random Thought

 

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Sum of Life

Sum of Life

There are three things that I’ve learned in life. One, we are all connected. Two, where you end, I begin. Vice versa. Three, no matter how hard we try to control it, nothing is really exactly what it appears to be.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Random Thought

 

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Two Thousand Words

Two Thousand Words

Today, the average person will say 2,520 words to 7.4 other individuals. Yet change the language, one border to the next, and we are hopeless. Stumbling to explain the simplest of concepts: “I want.” “I am.” “I love.”

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Random Thought

 

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Seven Billion of Lonely People

Seven Billion of Lonely People

Seven billion people on a tiny planet suspended in the vastness of space. All alone. How me make sense of that is the great mystery of our frail existence. Maybe it’s being alone in the universe that holds us all together. Keeps us needing one another in the smallest of way. Creating a quantum entanglement of you, of me, of us. And if it’s true, then we live in a world anything is possible.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Random Thought

 

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The Authors

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We are the authors of our own destinies, the pioneers of our lives. And yet, our world is made of patterns. Eternal truths that appears and repeat, over and over, across the millennium. For it’s only by standing on the shoulders of the past that we can truly gaze into the future.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Random Thought

 

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Red Thread of Fate

Red Thread of Fate

There’s an ancient Chinese myth about the Red Thread of Fate. It says that the Gods have tied a red thread around everyone of our ankles and attached it to all the people whose lives we are destined to touch. The thread may stretch of tangle, but will never break.

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Random Thought

 

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Always Listening, Always Understanding?

Human beings are hardwired with the impulse to share our ideas and the desire to know we’ve been heard. It’s all part of our need for community. That’s why we’re constantly sending out signals and signs. And why we look for them from other people. We’re always waiting for messages. Hoping for connection. And if we haven’t received a message, that doesn’t always mean it hasn’t been sent to us. Sometimes it means we haven’t listened hard enough.

In spite of all our communication technology, no invention is as effective as the sound of the human voice. When we hear the human voice, we instinctively want to listen, in hopes of understanding it. Even when the speaker is searching for the right words to say. Even when all we here is yelling, or crying, or singing. That’s because the human voice resonates differently from anything else in the world. That’s why we can hear a singer’s voice over the sound of a full orchestra. We will always hear that singer, no matter what else surrounds it.

 

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in Random Thought

 

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