Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Jack’s Winning Words 12/9/15
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change.”  (Charles Darwin)  It seems as though we are in a survival mode these days…terrorism…climate change…sharp political contrasts.  Scientist Darwin predicts that we are going to have to adapt to what’s going on around us, if civilization is to survive.  There’s a saying that “Crisis provides danger and/or opportunity.”  What future do you see?   ;-)  Jack

FROM A WOLVERINE IN OHIO:  Good morning, Jack! Thank you again for maintaining this great tradition of WINNING WORDS!====JACK:  WWs gives me a chance to reflect what's on my mind.

FROM LS IN MICHIGAN:  FROM LS IN MICHIGAN:  The end times ?????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????     Christ returning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ====JACK:  Apocalypse Now...or Later...Inevitable!

FROM TARMART REV:  Heavenly!!====JACK:  "This world is not my home; I'm justa passin' through.  My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue."  Do you know that song? ====REV:  Heard it a few times, sung in southern gospel four-part harmony!!====JACK:  You must have been a fan of Hee Haw?====REV:  Watched it a few times, yes sir, I did!!====JACK:  Somehow, I'm not surprised.

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  The Chinese symbol for crisis is made of two symbols:  danger + opportunity.====JACK:  Is that "quote" in your book?

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  One of the finalists for the CNN Hero of the Year, Dr. Jim Withers in Pittsburgh, said he does what he does (going into the streets to treat the homeless) as much for him as it is for the patients.  He said (and I'm paraphrasing)..."We have lost our identity as people when we can't see the needs of others and do something about it."   I doubt Donald Trump would agree, but I think Jesus would.  Adaptation, in my mind, includes putting the needs of the many above that of the few, or the one , i.e. we need to help those in need.   There have always been militants, extremists and those that take advantage of the poor.  Ultimately, love needs to conquer hate (and greed). ====JACK:  This world can use more heroes like Dr. Withers.

FROM LBP IN PLYMOUTH;  I just listened to an interesting TED radio hour on adaptation. It's a must. We will, somehow, adapt ... Eventually ... ====JACK:  "If not now, when?" is a quote from the famous Jewish leader, Hillel, who lived in the century before Jesus.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  You have to be strong to adapt which is so much different than evolving.====JACK:  Darwin seems to be saying that in order to have the time to evolve, you have to adapt.

FROM PZ AT WBSD:  Certainly a timely message, and very insightful. Glad you sent, and I hope your listserve reflects on it.====JACK:  Robert Frost wrote that by taking the road less traveled, it  can "make all the difference."  Why are we so reluctant to try new ways?

FROM CHESTER THE GOOD:  Adapt to change or change the change.====JACK:  "Be the change you wish to see in the world."----Gandhi

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