The more things change, the more they stay the same

The French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr is associated with the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” 

Karr also often gets credit for coming up with, “What comes around, goes around.”

Regardless of who came up with these slightly overused quotes, I have a fondness for them. 

I think there’s truth to both of those statements, as well as a common thread between them. No matter how much a person grows or society advances, life is more of a circle than a straight line. 

Most humans find themselves craving the comforts of their youth. Many people actually love the predictability of a place that time and progress doesn’t ravage. 

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