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Variations on a Theme

Variations on a Theme

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Published by Caleb Alan Kestner
"We get bowed down by the boundless sameness of it all, the incessant repetition, caught up in an irrational consideration of futility, so focused on the interminable theme of mankind’s madness that we miss the majesty of each mistake. The potential inherent in failure. The fact that every fall could be the same and every rise would still be different."

~ http://iphilosophi.com/2012/07/21/variations-on-a-theme/
"We get bowed down by the boundless sameness of it all, the incessant repetition, caught up in an irrational consideration of futility, so focused on the interminable theme of mankind’s madness that we miss the majesty of each mistake. The potential inherent in failure. The fact that every fall could be the same and every rise would still be different."

~ http://iphilosophi.com/2012/07/21/variations-on-a-theme/

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~ I am not all I wish to be; nor all that I have been. ~
 
We are variations on a theme.
 
Locked in step with humanity and history in so many of our actions that at times it seems as if weare just one more iteration in an endless parade of inevitable outcomes. A theme that predates all weknow and precedes us into the future further than all we can imagine. A theme that defines and combinesus in our most abject of essences. We fall as all have fallen, we fail as all have failed, we war as everygeneration has, we lie as every people will, we hate as every race has hated, we destroy as every culture
does. We are bound to this theme, so universal, so exact in its standards and stagnations, that it’s hard to
 believe that existence could hold any purpose other than to live and die and do no more than any else hasever done.
 
Yet we do.
 
We believe, not just because we can or must, but because we should. We are variations on atheme,
 
variations,
 
and in that variance is all the meaning in the world
 
What must be realized in the considering of variance, of change, is that everything does. Everyinstant, every action, every iota, all that can be known can only be known because it can change, becauseit is changing.
 
Still, it is incredibly easy and increasingly comfortable to be lulled into the sense that things notonly can be, but must be static. One of my favorite sets of sentences comes from
 
“Through the Looking 
-
Glass, and What Alice Found There”
 
~
 
“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — 
if you
run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”
 
 
“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, tokeep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
 
~
 
Within those lines lies a masterful metaphor. The reality that in many things you must move asfast as you can just to keep from moving, has placed many in a state where everything seems stationary.We forget the number of heartbeats needed just to keep us standing, we take for granted that we breathe.We eat as if consumption is a foregone conclusion instead of an alchemy that underlies our continualresurrection. Change is constant, so constant that sometimes we forget that there is any change at all.We get bowed down by the boundless sameness of it all, the incessant repetition, caught up in an
irrational consideration of futility, so focused on the interminable theme of mankind’s madness that we
miss the majesty of each mistake. The potential inherent in failure. The fact that every fall could be thesame and every rise would still be different.
 
All things change but not all change is equal. Change is not uniform in its origin or its effect. Itvaries with every action and the greatest of all is of the self.
 
The change of self, that conscious reworking of identity, of purpose, of worth. Is a change not of chaos and entropy but of order and action.
 
Things are as they are for a reason. Buildings don’t just stand. Words don’t just stay written.Hope doesn’t just happen. There mu
st be will, there must be need, there must be motivation. To doanything you must have a greater need to do it then to leave it undone. Nothing exists in a vacuum, thereis no blank slate, no instant free of influence. You are as full of change, as affected by all, as you haveever been or will ever be. You can not add change, you cannot rid yourself of all change and start anew;you have been old from the moment you began. All that can be done is to trade change for change. Tochange change itself. If there is something you wish to become then there is something you first mustcease to be. We exist strung between all that pushes us forward and all that forces us back. Between
every choice we’ve made, will make, and are making. Anything gained must
mean something lost.
 

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