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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Change = When Where What How Who and Why

I have noticed that Change has become more and more important to me. Nevertheless, one of its parameters, Time, is meaningless to me. My personal change reflects ageing, growth and maturity that will hopefully bring Wisdom. There’s also mutual change when 2 people meet and create change together. Mostly, I'm fascinated by the accumulation of individual changes that constitutes Change.

Change can be identified by its main parameters: who, when, where, what and how and its most intriguing one, Why. Time represents When. Space tells us Where an event happened. History reveals What and How events took place and sometimes Who (ie, participants). The Why is either attributed to destination (e.g., fate, karma) or randomness.

Time is our primary measurement of Change (When). Without Time we would not be able to pinpoint important events of Change. The astronomical changes between our planet Earth and our Sun were once used to create time concepts like a year, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. The 60-base units reveal Sumerian origin (c. 4,000 BC).

Space is our secondary measurement of Change (Where) and usually represents length, width, and height. Every place (e.g., city, village) has a unique position, defined by latitude (north-south) and longitude (east-west) and loxodrome. These are astronomical positions using the sun and stars as reference. Astronomical or celestial navigation was the ancient navigation at sea.

History is our tertiary measurement of Change. History usually only reveals What and How as the detailed account of participants (Who) and the exact time-stamp (When) are often lacking. History is codified in art (e.g., drawings, paintings, sculptures), books, and music (e.g., lyrics).

Ancient human art (e.g., cave drawings) probably reflects their perception on Change: What (i.e., event) and Where (e.g., mountains). Time was irrelevant. Some human cultures still use only 3 labels: Past, Present and Future. The Present is even arbitrary considering its extremely short duration.

Change only creates events (i.e., marker of change) when changes of individuals collide. A solitary person with no interaction does not create events and (s)he does not leave any legacy. Some events are important and will become part of History. Without events there would be no History.

Change feels like a flow to me, like a "river", collisions between two individuals feels like "rivers" entering a "lake" and which start mingling, historic events feel like many rivers entering an "ocean" and creating a "tsunami" of Change.

A collision between humans may bring romance (love), faith (religion), knowledge (science), moral values (philosophy), trade (money), wars (politics), and information (truth). These collisions of individual change ultimately create human beliefs: Love, Money, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Science, and the Truth (ie, the 7 Belief systems).

This rather unexpected article came in a flow of inspiration and brings personal change, including a 4th concept that “horizontally” aligns to (1) the 7 Belief systems, (2) Needs, Wants & Beliefs, (3) Faith, Beliefs & Willpower, and (4) Change (e.g., Time & Space, History). Suddenly, I see my 5th and perhaps final concept: Why – as Everything follows Why.

Change (1983) by Tears for Fears - artists, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2