Just like all living and non-living things created with a mind, the human mind is channeled towards survival and surviving in our environment and amongst the people who we define as families, friends or acquaintances and the people who also define us. Survival as I would relate in this context would refer to the ability of a human to surpass every obstacles or problems encountered and coming from circumstances which are either within the human’s control or beyond his/her control. Circumstances within our control here refers to the changes we can effect on our lives from the immediate environment we are born into. These circumstances within our control also refers to the changes we can effect on ourselves by our relationship with people be it physical, emotional, mental or sexual relationship.
The circumstances beyond our control which are also very vital in the survival process includes things such as our faith, religion, tradition e.t.c. Here, the quest for survival balls down to our faith in the judgement day and the hope to survive all unforseen temptations of the devil in order to guarantee a secure place in paradise on the day of reckoning. These circumstances of survival beyond our control also refers to how much we rely on the forces of the world beyond (that is the forces of good will and misfortune which we do not see and are assumed to exist in another realm ) to help change situations which are unacceptable by our personal, moral, economic or societal standards. Some people call this “luck”. Whether good luck or ill luck, it determines our survival in a way out of our own control.
Survival goes way beyond being able to get past immediate circumstances and succeeding above acceptable pass mark in unwanted situations.. Survival is also not just about how much we can earn or survive the ills of our environment from zero level or a better level. It goes way beyond. The pattern of our relationships with people can also be related to survival. A parent wanting the best for his/her off-springs can be related to being in a survival phase. The indication here is that at every point of the offspring life path through learning, school and career, the parent feels some sort of relief as the offspring excels through various levels of life transformation while transcending from one phase of life to the other. All things being equal, the parent survives this process and is filled with joy and accomplishment after surviving this phase. It is like investing through a time when their are inevitable risks surrounding the investment ( the offspring in this case). The owner of the investment ( the parent ) remains in a state of potential survival until the time when the investment ‘breaks even’ and starts to yield profit off its own self. Eventually the owner feels accomplished and has survived the time.. Here we can see that the relationship between a parent and its offspring goes a long way through survival until some sense of accomplishment is achieved by the parent.
The courtship of a male and a female can also be seen in terms of survival. Surviving the times through a relationship can be very tedious, stressful and hurtful, depending on how well one or both parties involved can survive through the period of chaos and predicament in the relationship. Most especially, both are usually involved in controlling emotions, feelings e.t.c in the relationships and enduring various things which are all channeled towards the survival of the relationship. The guy survives meeting various females with qualities that differ from one person to another on his journey through life as a whole. The same goes for the girl too and I am peculiarly pointing to relationships here. I have realized that both male and female end of weighing circumstances of various individuals they meet with in order to determine who best soothes the position they seek to be at a particular time or in the future. We are still referring to survival because at some point, we are left to make decisions after surviving through the test of time and meeting different people, weighing possibilities, positives, negatives and all you have to. Eventually, one is able to survive through this decision making process and decide who fits most and can give what one desires most. This doesn’t particularly mean material desires. It could be desires of the heart, emotions, or like they say, sometimes we find someone who gives something we can never find in any other person. For those who are able to survive through finding this true partner, its a priviledge and I am sure that a number of people will agree with me that the survival phase continues through marriage over the years as we see in some of the homes where marriage has lasted for 2 to 3 decades and more.
“I would love to survive through this world and survive through the world after this one, if their is any”.. says a friend. Various religious manuals which have been in existence in the world before us emphasize deeply on survival. How to survive in this world, what to do to survive and what not to do, what to do in this world, to guarantee our survival in our graves and in the world beyond, the things we need to do and not do here in our world in order to survive the judgement of the day of resurrection e.t.c. I can keep going on and on about how much we want to survive on earth and how much of its importance in the survival in the world beyond (heaven). The techniques are endless. We do not want to do wrong deeds so we can survive judgement of our creator and vice versa as the case may be. We also do not want to do wrong deeds so we can survive the times on mother earth and break loose off the karma of wrong doers. Survival is life. Survival is key.
Survival is the Ultimate. Everything created for a purpose was created for the purpose of survival. Standing the test of time through atrocities and eventualities. Our every being is built for survival so why don’t we take due advantage of it in our daily engagements. The will to triumph. Plants and animals who have a lower mental and coordination capability to we humans do survive through seasons. The struggle in the jungle is a continuous and endless survival avenue. Plants store moisture for survival in the dry season. The great legendary rapper 2Pac said in one of his classic song “Changes” that “when the old ways isn’t working, it is on us to do what we have to do to survive”. So lets keep surviving because the only man who isn’t entitled to survival is the man who has stopped breathing. Joy and happiness are the proceeds of true survival. “Lets live to survive. As we survive daily, we learn to live appropriately and the more we learn to live appropriately, the more we grow”.. B. Olaniran
“Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together”.. Vincent Van Gogh