Exploring Human Potential

7 & 7: Change vs. Stasis


Progress requires change. A civil society attempts to accommodate this need through openness, transparency and inclusion. As there is change in society, so are there changes in individuals and relationships as well. Change can generate fear and anxiety, but also can ignite our inborn desire to explore, to flow and grow rather than remain the same. We are accustomed to a rhythm recognizing and accepting that no two days are alike in every way. Our days move quickly, flying by with little time to reflect or resist. That we are transitory, moving from one chore to the next, one person to the next, one location to the next is undeniable. Our placement is displacement, and our displacement is movement. But the movement keeps us fresh. Change for the better is self-improvement. Some prefer to stand still, to play it safe, to wait on the corner to be found, discovered, rescued. Some will be lucky. But the price this strategy extracts is a growing and eventually overpowering sense of powerlessness that over time may convert to bitterness. We were born to move, to move on, not so much to reach a destination but to find one.


The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
Alfred North Whitehead All things flow, nothing abides.


One of these days is none of these days.
English proverb

Would that life were like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree, but it is like the shadow of a bird in flight.
The Talmud

A permanent state of transition is man’s most noble condition.
Juan Ramon Jimenez

If you dam a river it stagnates. Running water is beautiful water.
English Proverb

There is nothing noble about being superior to some other men. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Hindustani proverb

Even a clock that is not going is right twice a day.
Polish Proverb

There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.
Tennessee Williams

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