Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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Since I've been concentrating on the exploits of my daughter and her pals, I haven't written a post about politics in a week, but there really hasn't been a need to do so. Nothing has changed. The Democrats attack, the people yawn, and Trump tweets about it. No one's mind is being changed at the moment about anything. All the events placed in front of us -- nekkid dude shooting up a Waffle House in Nashville, crazy dude mowing down pedestrians in Toronto -- are ancillary to the arguments we will never resolve.

The translation of the title of this post is "the more things change, the more they stay the same." The real point of the phrase is the immutability of human nature. We are all flawed in our behavior and our thinking. Although it's not particularly fashionable to state it in this way, we are all sinners. We all need to do better. And we rarely do better, because doing better requires a commitment to change, and in most instances we'd rather not change our ways.

In his invaluable work "The Devil's Dictionary," ol' Ambrose Bierce understood it well:

LIBERTINE, n. Literally a freedman; hence, one who is in bondage to his passions.
BEHAVIOR, n. Conduct, as determined, not by principle, but by breeding.
BORE, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.

I'm seeing a lot of all three lately. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.