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Survival Value

18 Sep

Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915) and B.J. Palmer (1881 – 1961) often got together to discuss world events and how to help their fellow man. They both wrote several books, articles, and published newspapers on the subjects of life, liberty, health and the pursuit of happiness. Here is an explanation from the book “Evolution or Revolution by B.J. of how the the term “Survival Values” was coined: 

Some years ago, during one of his periodical visits to us here at our home, over the     dinner table, the late Elbert Hubbard asked me: “WHAT ARE THE TWO MOST VALUABLE WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE?”

I told him I had never given it a thot, and asked, What are yours?

SURVIVAL VALUE.

I told him quite frankly I didn’t see much in them, to which he replied:

GIVE THEM TIME. THEY WILL GROW ON YOU.

They have become a landmark in our thinking, ever since.

Later, we enlarged HIS thot. We added four more words:

ACCUMULATIVE CONSTRUCTIVE SURVIVAL VALUE

AND

ACCUMULATIVE DESTRUCTIVE SURVIVAL VALUE

meaning that what uses a person makes of his time–thinking, saying, and doing–are ACCUMULATIVE, day after day, year after year; and as they accumulate they are either CONSTRUCTIVE for welfare of man, or DESTRUCTIVE, injuring people with whom he commingled.

Elbert Hubbard’s life had an

ACCUMULATIVE CONSTRUCTIVE SURVIVAL VALUE

Hitler’s life was that of

ACCUMULATIVE DESTRUCTIVE SURVIVAL VALUE

By B. J. Palmer, D.C., Ph. C

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