Fairy tales and myths are replete with stories of change, be it person to stone, rags to riches, a prince to a frog, or everything to gold. While there are certainly plenty of other messages contained in these myths, the story that change is inevitable, though often unexpected, is a constant one.
Ancient philosophers tell a similar tale: Ovid warns that “all things change”, Aurelius that “everything’s destiny is to change”, Heraclitus that “all is flux, nothing stays still”.
We, the children of the technological age, hardly need reminding of this fact. For us, life is change: new ways of being, new ideas, new people, and new gadgets abound. We expect, and even embrace, change. Change your style, change your mind, change your diet, change your job. Why, you can even change your identity and become a brand new ‘you’. Change = progress = good, seems to be the general message; whereas constancy is tantamount to death.
In this ever-changing, throwaway world perhaps the reminder we need is not that all is flux, nor that all change is good, but rather that every now and then we should stop and value what we have, before it all turns to stone.