Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Changing with the Times


Change is our greatest constant. It is the one thing that we can be certain is guaranteed.

Things will change, a fact of life many often resist. Now, the degree to which change occurs may vary and the space or time in which it happens may be different, but the validity of change remains. People cling to belief in a stability that they think offers security, but it is a false guarantee. Change is growth and inertia resists further education, understanding, and the new perspectives on life. The world seems to believe that the past offers a promise of freedom and security, something the world holds onto in times of great insecurity, but it is a false belief.


Clinging to ideas, beliefs, or even institutions believing that they will not, or should not change, is like saying a child should stop growing at a certain age, or there is a "best" age or time to live. While it may be fun to be five years old your whole life, and a parent may even enjoy having a five-year old for more than a year or two, but eventually even as the parent ages we would see the absurdity in refusing to allow someone else the joy and pleasure of learning and growing, becoming more of who they are, because that is the ultimate freedom.

The same can be said for so-called "absolute" ideas or values, whether personal, moral, spiritual, political, or scientific...because everything was meant to grow and change. No one should say that things cannot, or should not evolve, with the times because it is like trying to hold onto the wind, namely, it is impossible. The belief that things are more secure and stable simply because things have "always been that way" is a limiting belief. Not only does it stunt personal growth and restricts freedom, but it is dangerous to society. Such personal self-righteousness often is the moral justification to act with cruelty against another.

So we should be careful with any strong belief we claim is a moral absolute, as it is a denial that with certainty, everything will and should change. It is the nature of world, and where would we be if we never physically or intellectually changed beliefs. The stone age was good for its time, and then it was time to move on. And that, from anyone's perspective, is a good thing.

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