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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Adapt or die...

How do you handle the changing times? 
How do you maintain your standards in a politically correct atmosphere?

We live by a certain set of standards, a code of honour if you will. There are certain things that we will not do because those things go against our beliefs and the standards which we have set for ourselves.

Many of our principles are not open to compromise; they are set in stone and we refuses to bend where they are concerned, but this does not mean that we is inflexible. 
Although our being is not willing to bend where our principles are concerned, we must be flexible in our strategy.

We have to be able to adapt to the changing circumstances. The willow bends and adapts during the storm and is not broken, where the mighty oak does not bend and will break during the storm.

We must be able to change tactics as the situation changes. We will adapt our methods to that which the present circumstance requires. 
Not to do so would be foolish and costly.

This is not to say that the we should lower our standards or set aside our ethics as we sees fit. 
There is a difference in changing your strategy to fit the circumstances and in changing your ethics to suit the situation.
This is where time spent meditating on your code of ethics and honour comes into play. You must be clear about what you believe and why you hold those beliefs.

Change your methods to accomplish your goal; don’t compromise your ethics to serve your methods. 
This may seem like a subtle distinction, but it is an important one, especially for the one who wants a righteous life.

In today's society, our culture is changing rapidly. This means that the we will have to adapt our strategies and methods to be successful in today's political climate.

While being straight forward is to be commended, you do have to carefully consider both your actions and your words, especially in a politically correct, litigation crazy culture. Trying to handle situations the same way as might have even 50 years ago can get you into big trouble.

For example, 50 years ago, if some jerk was using file language or being crude and obnoxious at a public gathering, in front of ladies, chances are there would be a man there who would shut his mouth for him, and not in a peaceful way.
On top of that, those around him who have most likely been appreciative of his actions, and if by chance law enforcement was called, they would have probably hauled the obnoxious jerk off to jail instead of the guy who punched this bum in the mouth. Times have changed...

Today, if the same thing happened, it is pretty much considered commonplace. Everyone would basically go about their own business and the jerk would not be called out concerning his behaviour.
And, if by chance someone did address his behaviour and punched him in the mouth, guess who will end up going to the jail house?
Not the file-mouthed jerk, oh no, he was innocently assaulted by some macho brute. This is just one example, but you get the point.

One has to adapt and change his strategies for handling situations like the one described above. Not to do so is simply unwise. 
This doesn't mean that you have to allow things such as I described above go unaddressed; it simply mean that you have to be smart and determine a better - more acceptable way of addressing inappropriate behaviour.

"If one method fails, try another, and suit your methods to the characters you have to deal with."
Emerson stated

Today's one has to deal with a totally different breed of characters.

It is to your advantage to adapt your methods and strategies to fit the culture and the people that you have to deal with in today's society.

Adhere to the virtues of old, but make sure that you adapt your actions to the times.

Change your strategies and methods - not your standards or your ethics.