Saturday, July 08, 2006

Change

They say that the only constant is change. After 45 years on this planet I have to say that this universal observation is indeed an immutable law. This is, of course, a contradictory statement...

immutable: im·mu·ta·ble
Pronunciation: (")i(m)-'myĆ¼-ta-b&l
Function: adjective
definition: not capable of or susceptible to change

It only emphasizes the fact that absolutely nothing is cut and dried, wait, there is beef jerky... Well, you know what I mean!

Monday, July 10th, I will turn 45.
My sixteen-thousand-seven-hundred-and-ninety-first day of breathing the free air will not be much different than the day before. This is good. Yes, it is true that change can be good, even essential, but, rapid change is jarring and disorientating. Being plunged into ice cold water from a deep sleep can never be good, right?

We might think that gradual change is better, more tolerable and infinitely more manageble. I'm not so sure. Some of the greatest things come in the flash of an eye. For instance: Love at first sight. It is not a cliche, it happens. It is the most exhilarating thing a human being can experience. It whacks you upside the head and you've been changed.

Unfortunately for love and all other forces of nature it has it's equal and opposite. If love at first sight is like throwing the switch on a 5000 watt search light then its opposite is the smolding embers of an unattended campfire.

Even God's universe is bound by this conundrum known as change. It began with a bang and it will end with an entropic whisper...

entropy
Pronunciation: 'en-tro-pE
Function: noun
1 : broadly : the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system
2 : a process of degradation or running down or a trend to disorder

What ravels will unravel.




CW

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