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Humour as a Survival Skill

The American Heritage Dictionary defines survival as “Natural selection conceived of as a struggle for life in which only those organisms best adapted to existing conditions are able to survive …”(see also Gloria Gaynor “I will survive”, “Destiny’s Child “Survivor”, and the official sound track of CBS’s TV series “Survivor”.)
The Random House Dictionary defines a survival kit as a “package containing medical supplies, rations, and other vital equipment for use by a person forced to land in or parachute into the ocean, jungle, or other isolated or hostile territory.” These may include, but are not limited to corporate boardrooms, company meetings, family gatherings or reunions, and other difficult situations. It’s a jungle out there!
An additional definition is to “get along or remain healthy, happy, and unaffected in spite of some occurrence.” As everything that happens can be considered “an occurrence” the real meaning of this definition is to keep your cool at all times.

Concept of survival in Darwin
Darwin’s Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was published in 1859. Darwin was doing two things:

  1. Determining whether evolution has occurred (and he shows evidence which supports the reality of evolution) and
  2. Explaining how evolution occurred.

His revolutionary work examines the nature of life, the diversity of living things, and their marvelous adaptations.
Survival of the Funniest is based on the fact that humor is a natural instinct and in our lives today, a sense of humor is necessary to survive. In applying evolutionary theory to humor, and humor in life is like having Darwin meet the Dalai Lama. Laughter is essential to inner tranquility. Darwin concluded that generations of species pass on to their offspring characteristics that enable the species to survive. I fundamentally believe we can imprint a sense of humor on our species.


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