Adapting Through Flexible Behavior

There are things in the world I hate, but I probably won’t hate those things all my life; I just hate them right now. Does this make me inconsistent? Not really. I just like to adapt.

I’m always amazed by the number of people who think that being concrete in their ways is a virtue. After all, things are constantly changing. Gregory House called it “one of the great tragedies of life.” Certain ideas that may have worked a few years ago suddenly stop working. Beliefs are always changing… as they should be.

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it.” — Shunryu Suzuki

Slavery, incest, sexism — Each of these things were considered acceptable in the past until it dawned on society that they were too harmful or unneeded. Things are in constant motion, forever changing. Heck, even morality changes. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you change along with it. Unless, of course, you want to end up being a slave owner married to a sibling in a time when that’s not acceptable.

As far as functional living goes, it’s important to avoid being too set in your ways, habits, or beliefs. Because someday, they may become distasteful or even useless. Adapt when you can while you can.

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