Det er ikke den sterkeste som overlever, heller ikke den mest intelligente. Det er den som er mest tilpasningsdyktig til endring.
Parafrase basert på en tale ved Southwestern Social Science Association i 1963. Gjengitt i Southwestern Social Science Quarterly, volum 44, nummer 1, Lessons from Europe for American Business (juni 1963).
Formuleringen er ofte feilaktig tillagt Charles Darwin.
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It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.
It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Yes, change is the basic law of nature. But the changes wrought by the passage of time affects individuals and institutions in different ways. According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself. Applying this theoretical concept to us as individuals, we can state that the civilization that is able to survive is the one that is able to adapt to the changing physical, social, political, moral, and spiritual environment in which it finds itself.
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