Thursday, October 16, 2008

People do not change...

they only change what they do.

12 comments:

boneman said...

that's interesting.

I'm never sure about how true generalizations are, though.

In fact, don't we change from being childish to being adult?

Change from happy to sad?

from sad to happy?

from lost to found?

Oh, what the hey....
it doesn't really matter, yes?

Tammi said...

I sneak over here and read you every chance I have....usually as silent as possible.

But this? This is probably, no it IS the one thing I've read over here that hit me WHAM up side the head.

Wow.

Keep it comin'....and I'll keep quietly sneakin' over...

;-)

Teresa said...

I believe the point is that we ARE what we do. We don't change from happy to sad...we ARE happy or sad. Just my take... Good one Jeannie :)

kdzu said...

Just my problem, I always thought I was what I did. But then I see how little I'm actually doing.

AspergantuS said...

Some people change. I changed from a young, slim, handsome young man, into a fat, hairy, dumpy old son-of-a-bitch, but I still do most of the things I used to do.

Jean said...

An alcoholic might stop drinking.
An abuser might stop inflicting pain.
A teacher might retire or change professions.
A daughter might become a wife and/or a mother.
A wanderer might find a home.
What we are is imprinted. What we do with it is our choice.

Teresa said...

I think we are all speaking to one's very personal and individual ability to resolve the inevitable process of evolution in our lives. Yes, we all go from young to old, or from thin to fat to thin again. But if you're talking about real internal change, life changing and life saving change... some of us have the ability to turn on a dime...others just need to chew on it a little longer.

Good topic for "pondering" :)

boneman said...

goodness...
Well, here's to the Halloween Apple!
(in honor of apple cider)

Merelyme said...

This is very profound. Yes I suppose in some ways this is true...we can always change our behavior...but in doing so aren't we also changing ourselves to the core?

Jean said...

oooh, I love apple cider!


I don't believe we can do anything that is not in us. So, what we do is always there, even if we only do it once. Good or bad.

Doom said...

I had to think on this, long and hard. And, I had to really consider whether to reply or not, and then how. Finally, I am just going to do it. Too much thinking and no action leads to naught... sometimes less when dealing with imaginary numbers, which I do. :p

If I believed this, I should become a righteous psychotic. Slaying first those who lead into darkness knowingly, then those who do so ignorantly, then those who fail to do otherwise in spite of their goals, and finally all of their "false disciples". Actually, there would be one last kill. After I stood alone on the pile of fallen and broken, all of them, it would be my turn.

Please remember to turn out the lights if you are the last to leave, thank you.

Don't worry, I believe no such thing. And anyway, I am not THAT good...

(or bad... is that relative too? I hate pop quizzes on neu-think.)

Jean said...

ah, Doom... we are all made up of so many things. We choose what we do.
I am amazed at how much discussion this simple (to me) statement drew.