“It is not the strong but the responsive that survive.” 4 3 27 31 11 12

I’m not sure where this fortune cookie slip came from. It looks kinda new, and it’s not really a prediction of my future or my fortune. But it is kinda cool, and probably kinda true.

On the back of the fortune: “Learn Chinese — Sugar 糖 (táng)

Also: “Lucky Numbers 4, 3, 27, 31, 11, 12”

When I think about the substance of the “fortune,” it sounds more like a philosophy than a prediction. I want to be strong, of course. I imagine everyone does. But I would rather be responsive — really. I want to be ready to learn about what’s happening, and to respond in ways that benefit me and my family and my friends. And maybe — just maybe — there is truth and guidance in this fortune cookie, after all.

In 1963, Dr. Leon C. Megginson at Louisana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wrote:

“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.” (Megginson, ‘Lessons from Europe for American Business’, Southwestern Social Science Quarterly (1963) 44(1): 3–13, at p. 4.)