This Too Shall Pass

We are living in times of change. From every corner of the planet, you hear news about significant economic, political and social changes taking place every day that are altering the structures that we take for granted. Uncertainty seems to be the new normal whether you are on the promoting or the affected side of the change. But change in itself is not bad. In fact, it is what has kept us going as an evolving species and, quite frankly, we haven't done too bad. How we manage and adapt to the change, on the other hand, can be the difference between survival or extinction.

"This Too Shall Pass." There is a long-lasting debate about the origin of this phrase. Religious people claim it their own quoting their sacred books even if it's not written anywhere in them. Non-religious people say it is part of a Persian Sufi poem, quoted by the likes of the English poet Edward Fitzgerald or the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. But, disregarding which side of the debate you pick, you can't deny that it is a phrase that is very humbling in times of pride and very encouraging in times of defeat. And no matter where in the world you are at and what circumstances you are living right now, they too shall pass. So it is the Now and what we do with the opportunities that present themselves to us that really matter. Adaptation to change is the key to our survival.

But in the adaptation process to this ever-evolving world, one thing must remain constant: our human values. Because the promoters, the affected, the protagonists of these changes will always be us. And the only way to move forward and to avoid self-destruction is to keep a strong set of human values as our priority: we should never bargain with love, kindness, justice, peace, honesty, respect, loyalty or equality. No matter the price or the sacrifice, human values must never be negotiable.

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