The Morning Text 9/20

09/20/2016
GOOD MORNING!

So for those of you who did not receive the original ones, this is The Morning Text. It’s where I basically state my opinion and tell you what to do! I used to send one out every day to, give or take 100 people. The Morning Text typically consists of things like: a word of the day, a quote, a daily challenge, a few recent events and/or interesting facts and a request for feedback. Very recently, a few of the original MORNING text recipients contacted me and asked me to start them again. Remembering how fun they were, I decided to give it a trial run. Please note: you may receive fewer or opt out of The Morning Text anytime by sending a request to this number/email (I promise no feelings will be hurt). Remember: participation, questions, comments, concerns, referrals, complaints and requests are strongly encouraged. As this is a trial run, I may try doing it a few different ways. Participation points are tallied for each person, at the end of the week the winner will be announced. This introduction will appear on every issue of The Morning Text until the trial is complete. So, without further ado, I give you The Morning Text.
Fun fact! On this day in 451 AD, Roman General Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plainsat (Chalons-sur-Marne), halting the Hun invasion of Roman Gaul.
In my opinion, one of the most poorly taught concepts in school is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Whether one believes in it or not, we were all hopefully exposed to it in public school. When Charles Darwin made his discovery, it was both revolutionary and controversial. Whilst studying the Blue-Footed Booby Bird of Galápagos island, Darwin formulated the first draft of his theory we all remember by the phrase “Survival of the fittest.” This is where my quarrel lies. Most of us were taught that the strongest or most intelligent species is the one that survives, and very few of us go on to truly understand what Darwin meant. I feel this is best summarizes by a Louisiana State University business professor named Leon C. Megginson at the convention of the Southwestern Social Science Association. In my opinion, his speech effectively clarifies Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection and makes up for the difference that is not commonly taught in public school. “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.” Essentially, Megginson is saying that the species with the greatest potential for adaptability is the one that lives on to have offspring. This can mean the species that has developed longer claws, the ability to camouflage itself or, in the valley 

-dwelling Neanderthals and hilltop-dwelling Homo Sapien’s case, a more efficient and complex brain. It does often, however, appear that the strongest or most deadly survives (and in a lot of cases it does), but again, their adaptation of survival in those situations IS more strength or speed. So remember, it’s not “Survival of the Fittest” rather “Survival of the most adaptable.”
This brings me to my next section : The Word of the Day. Evolution is the change in heritable traits of biological organisms over successive generations due to natural selection and other mechanisms. The word of the day is “Evolutionarily.” Try to use this word at some point throughout your day. Let me know if and how you used it!

That’s it for today! As this is a trial run, I am entirely open to tweaking The Morning Text, please provide feedback so that I can better cater to your interests. If you believe you have received this message in error and no longer wish to receive them, please notify me.

Have a wonderful day!
Caleb