THE MORE THINGS CHANGE …
… the more they stay the same.
I was told this is an old French saying but I find it rather apt to declare it quite a universal tenet. Besides DEATH and TAXES, there are certainly a lot more things around us which I reckon would never change. These things may have been with mankind since the Beginning and will probably remain with humanity till the dawn of the Zombie Apocalypse.
You can argue with me relentlessly about this, but I believe that for as long as our vocabulary and intellect can define discrimination, segregation, bigotry; amongst a few I can think of, there will always be class differentiation as a function of diverse beliefs, lifestyle preferences, religions, colour that naturally breed hatred, intolerance and the conception of superiority of one over the other.
Painful truth but nonetheless if we have learned anything at all, we should know that whilst we can hope for changes, racism will always be here, or there, or everywhere.
2. WAR AND CONFLICT
Go ahead, pretend to be as wishful (or perhaps tritely, as beautiful) as any of the beauty pageant candidates and dream of World Peace. I hate to burst your bubble, but seriously? The fact is, once there are opposing beliefs, between states and nations, protection or preservation of rights and territory; aggressive competition and downright hostility, (even between two individuals or parties); then we will always be in an open season for war and conflict. We have gone to war for the most stupid reasons, and yet we are. There will never be any winners in a state of war either, albeit human nature loves to win. At war, there will always be casualties and collateral damages, nobody wins. Period.
Autonomy, freedom, independence and survival – we go to war for reasons that are noble, and we justify our losses for the nobility of the cause, not the insanity of the process.
I did not invent nor discover it. I grew up leaning that there will always be the quadrants that divide the earth into polarities. These days I could talk to a friend in France and chat with someone in a Casino in Vegas virtually; share a joke with a friend in Sydney and debate the concept of BPD with a colleague in London. Our globe has shrunk into a small gadget, through fingertip access enabling interaction and communication via the advancement of technology; however, there is no arguing that we will never be able to really close the gap in the “physical distance” sense.
I can’t imagine how to work around the fact that if I wanted to have a more direct, face-to-face and physical interaction with my friends from the different parts of the internet universe, I still have to buy myself an airline ticket to get where they are. Whilst geography remains a constant, it makes a lot of sense why war and conflict and racism will likewise remain constants.
4. THE MOST ICONIC 4-LETTER WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
(Note: for the extra-sensitive readers, if you haven't guessed at this point, this is my Editorial Post. So if you tend to squirm about certain words, I suggest you stop reading from this point. Thank you.)
Undefined, debatable and used loosely across scenarios and boundaries of time and space: F-U-C-K. This word can be used as a noun, a verb, a word intensifier, a descriptive expression, an adverb, an adjective, you name it. We have various reasons for using the word but I fearlessly predict, “fuck” will stay in our vocabulary till kingdom come.
I have yet to come across another 4-letter word (besides LOVE of course) that has been used in so many different ways and stands alone in a class for its unique versatility. This word has grown tremendously over the last two centuries I don’t believe there is any stopping its momentum.
- We have used it in one whole sentence whose meaning liberates itself from definition: Fuck those fucking fuckers.
- As a descriptive word for a contemptible person: That guy is a total fuck.
- As an expression of disbelief and surprise: Good grief that is so fucked!
- As a verb to initiate action: Just fuck off! or Go fuck yourself!
- As a word alternative: I don’t give a fuck.
- Or just plain and simple, not profanely but the literal meaning of the word: “copulation” – They fucked in the car.
Somehow, the vulgar nature of the word has lost its eminence as it is broadly used as part of several iconic songs of this generation and in various musical genres, not limited to gangsta rap and rock. (Trust me, this word is totally overrated but will live on and on.)
5. CHANGE ITSELF AND THE FEAR OF CHANGE
Humanity’s greatest test, the capacity to change, runs parallel with the attendant nature of mankind - fear of preserving the status quo given the unknown outcomes; risks aversion; and the terrifying threat to one’s current well-being. I quote from the one of the world's most brilliant minds, (
|Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.|