Don’t say everything you think

Sometimes we forget that virtue is in the middle between two extremes , and that sincerity does not consist in telling others everything that goes through our minds , but in expressing without pretending, without implying something that is not true.

Many times the best way to express yourself is to remain silent because, why speak if the word is not going to bring anything good? Why pronounce a hurtful opinion if nobody has asked us for it? Why snatch dreams simply because we have been unable to achieve ours? Why contradict who is in front of us when, if we stop to think about it, we will realize that neither their experience nor their circumstances are ours? When one says everything he thinks, without thinking what he says or without thinking about the consequences of what has been said, he reveals an inordinate pride, an unlimited vanity, the conviction that his word is the Truth and that -as such- it must be law.

I experienced it recently, in a social gathering that I had to attend. I ran into a verbal incontinent. , someone whose tongue was directly connected I don’t know if with the heart or with his lack of it, a person who spat words as if they were sharp darts, an individual who with every expression destroyed a bridge and built a barricade. I don’t know how one can live as if it were an atomic bomb, annihilating everything around him. I saw him speak to three people, and at three he tried to humiliate, at three he belittled, at three he criticized … And at least two of them are extraordinary people personally, intellectually and professionally. The third time I did not know her, but it did not seem to me that she had anything to be ashamed of in front of that monument to stupidity that ended up finding what she deserved.

Because, as Dale Carnegie remembered , if you want to collect honey, don’t kick the hive. Attacking everyone around you is not only a sign of moral misery, but of profound imbecility. Because it shows an inability to judge yourself and to judge others with lucidity, an absolute lack of measurement of strength. No matter how clever and powerful you think you are, you should know that offenses are like homing pigeons, they always come back. And, in his case, they came back … Oh, they did come back … Someone -who knew who he was dealing with-, after trying to build bridges three times, got tired of playing the Good Samaritan and made him try a little of his own medicine: he reminded him his personal failures, the true magnitude of his professional successes (much less spectacular than one would think, taking into account his explanations), his cultural deficiencies and his absolute lack of education. A whole bathroom of reality.

It was like seeing a boxer knocked out, with wide eyes that did not quite understand what was happening … It gave me deep sorrow, along with a sense of contempt. It’s hard to be sympathetic when you don’t say anything nice or nice to those around you. Is it the price of sincerity? No, it is the price of arrogance, lack of empathy and the absolute lack of education.

We are social beings, let’s not turn our environment into a jungle. Let’s measure the words, let’s show our greatness.

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The ability to adapt to a changing environment is an essential characteristic of living organisms and social systems …

The ability to adapt to a changing environment is an essential characteristic of living organisms and social systems. Higher organisms are usually capable of three types of adaptation that come into play in succession during prolonged environmental changes. A person moving from a place at sea level to a place at a high altitude may begin to gasp and suffer from tachycardia. These changes are easily reversible: if the same day the person descends to a lower place again, the changes will disappear immediately. These kinds of adaptation changes are part of the stress phenomenon, which consists of taking one or more variables of the organism to their extreme values. As a result of that, The whole system will become rigid with respect to these variables and therefore will be unable to adapt to a new stress. For example, the person who has climbed to a high altitude will not be able to run up the stairs. Furthermore, since all the variables in the system are related to each other, the stiffness of one of them will affect the others, and the loss of flexibility will extend to the entire system.

If environmental change persists, the organism will go through a new adaptation process. The more stable components of the system will undergo a series of complex physiological changes in order to absorb environmental impact and restore flexibility. Thus, the person at a high altitude will be able to breathe normally again after a certain period of time and use the gasping mechanism to adapt to other emergencies that could be fatal. This form of adaptation is known as somatic change. Acclimatization, habit building, and addiction are special cases of this process.

Through somatic change, the body recovers part of its flexibility, substituting a more profound and lasting change for a more superficial and reversible change. This adaptation will be achieved very slowly, as will also be your return to the previous situation. Despite this, the somatic changes remain reversible. This means that, in order for you to revert to the previous situation, several circuits of the biological system must be available for the entire time the change is maintained. Excessive duration of circuit loading will limit the body’s freedom to control other functions and consequently reduce its flexibility. Although the system is more flexible after somatic change than before, when in a state of tension, it is still less flexible than before the original anxiety arose. For this reason, somatic change turns change inward, and the accumulation of this internal tension can, in the long run, lead to illness.

The third type of adaptation that living beings have is the adaptation of species in the process of evolution. The changes brought about by mutations, so-called genotypic changes, are completely different from somatic changes. Through genotypic change, a species can adapt to the environment, modifying the scope of some variables, and in particular those that give rise to the most economical changes. For example, when the weather gets colder, an animal, instead of running around to stay warm, will develop a thicker coat. Genotypic change is much more flexible than somatic change. Since each cell contains a copy of the new genetic information, it will behave in the new way and for this it will not need to receive any messages from the surrounding tissues and organs. In this way there will be more free circuits and the flexibility of the assembly will increase. On the other hand, the genotypic change is irreversible in the life of the organism.

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