Without adaptation life is dominated by one extreme or the other. Hot and cold, extreme weather training, night and day, wake and sleep, exhaustion and relaxation, pleasure and pain. All of these are extremes of perception which shape experience. Yet if experience goes too quickly or too often from one extreme of experience to the other, the mind perceives chaos and instability and this leads to suffering and a poor decision making process.
This relates to the voluntary or involuntary aspects of the personal psyche. When the involuntary and voluntary aspects are not kept in a general alignment the individual experiences a greater difficulty adapting. This is the nature of consciousness. When we fail to adapt to that which we are presented with in an amount of time allotted, then we suffer the consequences and this can’t be avoided no matter how slight. However, when our basic needs are taken care of through an oil-powered economy which delivers food and goods right to the doorstep or with a quick drive away, people forget what it is like to struggle to survive. Thus, when times really get hard, that kind of extreme is that much more extreme.
For those who put themselves through or are put through extreme weather or survival training, they, out of necessity to survive or succeed, learn to adapt their mind to the situation instead of trying to make the situation adapt to their mind. If you are placed in a situation where short-term survival or success is threatened by a variety of difficulties which drive the mind to the brink of dissociation and the body to collapse, then adaptation is the only answer that can be relied on.
However, this is not as extreme as it may sound.
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