“You never step in the same river twice.”- Heraclitus
Change is inevitable. It’s at the heart of organic reality. When you stop changing at a cellular level you die.
But there’s another kind of that change drives our imagination from childhood on to the rest of our days. We imagine being a cowboy or a princess or a mad scientist. We imagine living in a castle or a cave or another planet. We have the capacity to imagine changing into something different than we are. This can be the blessing and the curse of the human condition. We know real change is possible and we can imagine what it looks like. We’d like to get healthier, exchange bad habits for good ones, overcome obsessive fears and compulsions. Are our visions of change possible? If they are what brings them about?
- We mention a story about two sisters who were separated for their entire lives but both became stellar gymnasts, despite the fact that one was raised with a terrible father and the other was born without legs. The article that recently told their story can be found here: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201511/tale-two-sisters
- St. Augustine comes up a bit in this podcast and he’s always lurking in the shadows of our thinking. He’s maybe the most important thinker in Western intellectual history. If you want a short crash course in his thinking check out this little book: http://www.amazon.com/Augustine-Armchair-Theologians-Stephen-Cooper/dp/0664223729