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Thoughts on Change

As Bob Dylan wrote/sang some decades ago “The Times They are a Changin'” .  The poetry of this song merits serious reflection, and here is one verse I particularly like:

“Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.”

It is very difficult to live through changing times.  Rather than embrace change we tend to try to cling to the past, to what seems certain, and this almost never works.  It is as if we are backing into the future, hanging on for dear life to those ideas and symbols that anchored us before.  This can become desperate, fanatical and violent as we become more and more uncertain and insecure.

Personally, this quote helps me keep some perspective in the whirlpool of current events:

“If long-cherished ideals and time-honored institutions, if certain social assumptions and religious formulae have ceased to promote the welfare of the generality of mankind, if they no longer minister to the needs of a continually evolving humanity, let them be swept away and relegated to the limbo of obsolescent and forgotten doctrines. Why should these, in a world subject to the immutable law of change and decay, be exempt from the deterioration that must needs overtake every human institution? For legal standards, political and economic theories are solely designed to safeguard the interests of humanity as a whole, and not humanity to be crucified for the preservation of the integrity of any particular law or doctrine.”  Shoghi Effendi, World Order of Baha’u’llah, 1991, p. 206)

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February 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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