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A blog by Leon Oudejans

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Recently, I noticed the phrase above. It feels counterintuitive because Change changes things, doesn’t it?? The answer depends on your (macro) perspective versus your (micro) focus. Change is often in details, like different shapes and forms. Perhaps, the invention of the wheel qualifies as Change.

Many people would view the Technological Revolution of 1800-2100 as the biggest change in our lives. A macro perspective would argue that technology still equals the use of tools, albeit more sophisticated (eg, from campfire to central heating, from smoke signals to wireless communication).

Human inventions usually resemble (pre-) existing examples in nature (eg, from bird to plane, from swan to ship). ThoughtCo.: “The wheel is unique because, unlike other early human inventions [ ] it is not based on anything in nature.” Also see my 2019 blog: First reality creates and then follows fantasy.

Does making ancient human inventions harder, better, faster, and stronger qualify as Change? A micro focus would agree, and/but a macro perspective would disagree.

All lifeforms, including humans, still continue with their essential habits, like eating, drinking, sleeping, and reproduction. Our houses are not that much different from a bear’s cave, a rabbit’s hole, or a bird’s nest. Early humans exchanged goods (ie, bartering). Money just makes bartering easier.

Hence, French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr was right in the January 1849 issue of his journal Les Guêpes (“The Wasps”) when he wrote the following: “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose“. Literally, this means: “the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing”.

The Why is actually quite simple: we don’t know what we do not know (ie, unknown unknowns). Also see my 2021 blog: We don’t know the things that we don’t know.

The only real change in our lives is that everything is getting harder, better, faster, and stronger.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (2001) by Daft Punk
band, lyrics, video, Wiki-band, Wiki-song

Work it harder
Do it faster
More than ever, hour
Work is never over
Work it harder, make it better
Do it faster, makes us stronger
More than ever, hour after hour
Work is never over

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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