Several million year ago scientist tell us that the world was dominated by dinosaurs. Despite my grandson asking me if “In the olden days, I had ever killed a dinosaur,” we have to visit movies like Jurassic Park just to know what one looked like. They died out following a massive collision with an asteroid eons ago. So, how do we know they even existed? We keep digging up their bones in various places around the globe and exhibiting them in museums. One of the curiosities of the search for bones and other evidence of dinosaurs is that we often run across the evidence of other species as well, most of them long since extinct. One of those not extinct, still to be found on virtually every continent in every city of the world is the cockroach. Yes, we still have the cockroach who has survived millions of years while the world has changed radically many times. The question for the human species, you and me, is “Are we as smart as a cockroach?” The primary attribute of the cockroach is that it is adaptable. When they roamed the world with the dinosaurs the climate was warm and wet, ideal for many of the plant eating animals who existed at that time. But, the world has gone through many natural changes since then and one of those changes created the glaciers that carved the mountains and valleys in our country. We can see evidence of them everywhere we look from the Finger Lakes in New York, the Great Lakes in the north central section of our country to the Rocky Mountains out west. Many species did not adapt well to the colder climate that dominated our hemisphere during that period and they died off. Not the Cockroach. That little varmint adapted to the cold, to the hot and wet climate, and to desert conditions. In fact, the jury is still out but I'm betting it would find a way to live on the moon. The point of all this discussion of one of the natural pests that all of us do battle with on a day-to-day basis is that nothing seems to effect a Cockroach to the point that he cannot adapt and continue to live, no matter what changes occur. By contrast, we humans hate change. In fact, one would think that the older we get and the more experienced we are the more adaptable we would become. Not so. Change as we all know causes conflict and the greater the change the greater the conflict. And, the more we age the less adaptable we seem to be. So, what has changed and what conflict has resulted in the changes that have occurred? Here are three examples from a very long list. Minorities now make up more than 50 percent of all births in the United States each year and our public school population is now more than 50 percent minority. The swing states of Texas, Colorado and Arizona, long a part of the Republican right, have the fastest growing minority populations in the country and most likely will begin to vote on the other side of the political aisle sooner rather than later. Marriage laws have been changed and at least a part of the population may be confused as to who is a wife, a husband or a partner. So, what can we anticipate will be the next major change for us: Driverless cars, a cure for cancer, robots in the home, a women in the White House? Obviously, change is on-going and conflict will be a continuing way of life. No matter how much we might like things to be the way they used to be, that ship has sailed. That brings us back to the cockroach. That little varmint has proven itself to be the most adaptable creature God ever made. It has withstood all kinds of change and has thrived against conditions that the dinosaurs could not withstand. So, the question for us is, “Are we as smart as a cockroach?” — Dr. Mark L. Hopkins writes for More Content Now and Scripps Newspapers. He is past president of colleges and universities in four states and currently serves as executive director of a higher-education consulting service. You will find Hopkins' latest book, “Journey to Gettysburg,” on Amazon.com. Contact him at email@example.com.