Thursday, October 18, 2007

The more things change, the more they remain the same

"plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Things, or more specifically, people can't change. The basic essence is so strongly imbibed in a person that if he changes, he stops being what he was. And since society and its rules and cultures are made by people, the world itself can never change, at least not fast enough to become a noticeable change.
But then again, what doesn't change in this world? Can there be change and at the same time an things remain the same. Stagnation is the same as death... for there can be no life without change, no life without the constant adjustments and adaptations that come with the rising Sun every morning. Some changes are so drastic that it is almost impossible to recognise the original identity. Harmless individuals become violent criminals. Hardcore murderers can become preachers of non violence.
Can things really change? Or is change just a new body with an old soul? There is a hidden purpose behind every action. The direct motive is always backed by a hidden one, sometimes so deeply hidden that we ourselves are unaware of it. And then there is another action, for a different motive. Are the two linked? Nobody can tell. Every single human being can be described in a few words. Those few words can explain all actions of the person, past and future, as well as what makes the person tick with somebody and blow off with somebody else. True change happens when a person can successfully change those few words which describe him. I don't know whether it can be done or not... for I myself can never be my own judge, but then, there is another definition of life, and that is again the continuous struggle for success, even if it means trying the impossible.


Anonymous said...

or perhaps its that, since the world is continuously changing... it never actually changes.. and that if it were to stop changing.. only then, would it be change.

Anonymous said...

so in a caterpillar,
when it changes into
a butterfly…
does it’s mind also,
Destroyer stripped of
its arms (pun) left to
pay a frail price,
in doing so,
flying as if insane,
from a body change,
but not its mind?

In this case,
a visual change,
but not a change

Alan said...

Please see my Blog of November 7th which also talks about "Change."

Dr Ike said...

There is nothing new under the sun....