What are you made of?

24 Oct

This mini-article is by Alina Lewis.

There is one part of us that is always changing; the one that looks up and lives up to its idea of ‘perfect’.

There is another part that is constant; which believes we are what past experiences have made us. This part rarely changes as it is some kind of mold we have given to ourselves – with all its shape and substance.

On a whole, we are who we used to be and who we want to be, and it all depends on how potent each part is that shapes our attitudes. For example, a person with his ‘changing’ side more dominant would be lot more forward-looking and adaptable than constant.

People who are more ‘constant’ are firmly rooted into themselves; in their beliefs and perceptions and are not bound to change. They tend to accept themselves more easily. One could argue that a person who is constant has a stronger character than someone who is not. But then isn’t being forward-looking a character in itself? Isn’t change the only thing that’s constant?

So what do you think you are made of?


Alina works as an editor in a book publishing firm.  Everything about art and philosophy holds her interest.


5 Responses to “What are you made of?”

  1. Rashmi October 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    There is a collector part in me that is relatively constant. It gathers experiences and learns and collects thoughts.

    There is an idea of perfect in my head, but it doesn’t really change much in me. It aspires to change, but change is difficult. What affects my changing part is, the people and the place I am in.

  2. Gaurang Bailoor (@gaurang_b) October 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    I am of a strong opinion that nothing really is constant. A person grows every moment physically, intellectually and meta-physically. being an empiricist, i can only conclude that things that are constant are inanimate. People who waste themselves over accepting things as how they are, and not pursue things that at that point are beyond their comprehension, are just complacent. There comes a time when you meet people after a sufficient gap, and there are drastic changes in their personality, at times it is conflicting; but we must realise that something new is happening in that person’s life that has made him/her make certain lifestyle choices. the word “change” is very loosely used these days by people, i feel, though not pertaining to this blog post, and i think it’s “evolution” that people should think about, that is after all the bigger picture. if I were to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, i’d say that the bigger picture is more important, details are simply dirty. We should just let things take their course and not worry about them unraveling. better to stay inspired, and try something new. the inspiration becomes the motivation, and gradually we, ourselves, do not realise how we have become what we are. we, can just silently acknowledge the events that have led us to where we are.

  3. akila venkat October 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    Your post seems to say that people DO NOT live their ‘present’ and instead live their ‘past’ and ‘future’. I live the present. I yield to changes cautiously. If the change is making me a better person (my definition of better can be different), then I am willing to.

  4. Alina October 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Thanks for your comments, but it’s not that people are either constant or ever-changing. Like two sides of a coin, both these parts co-exist. And it is important that they do.

    While being constant and rigid is like living behind closed doors, anything too dynamic lacks personality.

    Some things about people never change, no matter how old they get, but at the same time, there’s always something in their personality that changes.

    • Gaurang Bailoor (@gaurang_b) October 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

      “Some things about people never change, no matter how old they get, but at the same time, there’s always something in their personality that changes.”

      this is a very individual thing, as the people you talk about live in an intellectual recluse. they hate to stand up and voice their opinion, and further they are ignorant enough to not respect other people’s views either. they make it difficult for themselves to change because of their fears and shortcomings, which results in inferiority. sadly, this inferiority is projected by them as ignorance. If only they would make themselves comfortable to open up, and listen up, they will eventually get to a point where they will be accepted as a part of a common platform in the society, where ideas are exchanged. when ideas are exchanged, people get inspired to do newer things.
      think of it this way: every act of a person is a progeny of that person’s inspiration. what one should, rather , must do is to expose himself/herself to the world at large. we are after all the consequence of the world we live in, and hence the world is a consequence of what we do.

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