Most of us learn how to survive in a world that has its own conditions and expectations, and we somehow find a balance between expressing our uniqueness; our free spirit and our independence, while all the time presenting a degree of conformity!
It seems like a complex and important balancing act is performed, which I suppose it is, because non-compliance can result in social isolation, friction, and possibly time in a system where human contact is minimal! It can also result in financial hardship such that staying alive is the number one priority.
Ray’s earlier life as a stray would have taught him some basic survival skills also, some of which would be similar to mine. He would have to perform a similar balancing act to avoid conflicts with other animals, and yet be prepared to establish his right to food as necessary. He would have to carefully decide whether to stand his ground, or back away from delicate situations.
I cannot remember how I acquired the picture below, but I find it not only rather amusing, but very appropriate!
There are numerous times when it has been wise to say nothing, and there are times when “Go with the flow” suddenly makes so much sense and, of course, there are occasions when keeping a low profile is critical!
There are other situations where survival is used in the context of maintaining relationships and, for me more recently, in maintaining thought provoking dialogues. “Literary jousting” comes to mind as an appropriate term to often describe circumstances I find myself in when there are humorous undertones to the dialogue! Survival is then dependent on literary gymnastics, diversions, confusion, and (as in politics) total avoidance of all facts. One quote which comes to mind is “”When all else fails, complicate matters” – I love that one.
Survival is necessary at so many levels and living dictates having a working knowledge of all of them. Looking back at that picture, what would you do if you were a fox and found yourself in the middle of a pack of hounds? Just thinking!