Dario is a supreme representative of this amphibious creature, ambivalently straddling the modern cult of innovation while simultaneously longing for changelessness
of one day goes beyond that day and continues to expand into infinity.
(32) The relentless process of negation, which transforms diversity into unity, change into changelessness
, and dissimilarity into uniformity, reduces the Crusades to a few basic building blocks.
He focuses the reader's attention on geology, the fluid tectonic nature of landscapes that, on the scale of a human lifespan, seem poised between changelessness
But each beginning, whether of book, page, paragraph, sentence, or phrase, marks a vital connection, and it is in the vitality, the durability, the timelessness and changelessness
of the thoughts and events that I plunge anew each time.
Plato is said to ascribe to God "the changelessness
" and he argues that "God is perfect being, and hence incapable of change, since change in what is already perfect could only introduce imperfection.
I myself have seen what appeared to be massive specimens in the swamps of the Sudd in Sudan, as did Sir Samuel Baker a century before--they are fitting testimony to Africa's primordial changelessness
"Foucault perceives behind our reverence for consistency a 'profound logophobia,' a commitment to the unity and changelessness
of truth that makes the "polyvalence of discourse" a perpetual scandal." (9)
In their respective utopian projects, Morris was equally susceptible to the dynamism of history and the changelessness
of a distant past; Benson steered his imagined community toward an ultimate change; Read brought the protagonist to rejecting life and reality for the sake of a timeless order.
True, they do want wealth, and greed is a vice they certainly have, but in this too they are not unlike all who inhabit Middle-earth, where the Dwarves' greed for gold and Men's lust for power is matched by the avaricious compulsion of the Elves to keep things in a state of pure changelessness
For example, he examines Zola's use (not only in this novel) of reflecting surfaces among social and political institutions and invokes, perfectly naturally and conclusively, the theory of specularity and notes that this is a device in other of Zola's novels, which might be seen as feeding much of Zola's "utopianism" in that the reflecting surfaces of society speak to its inherent changelessness
. Chaitin argues that despite this utopianism, Truth is nonetheless a thesis novel, requiring a "double reading".