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Dario is a supreme representative of this amphibious creature, ambivalently straddling the modern cult of innovation while simultaneously longing for changelessness.
This changelessness of one day goes beyond that day and continues to expand into infinity.
Instead of reducing diversity to unity, change to changelessness, and dissimilarity to uniformity, as do modern historians, Urban introduces a pluralistic approach to the Crusades by finding multiplicity in unity.
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.
These parallels are followed by others, for both Parmenides and the unknown authors of the "Bhagavad Gita" drew similar implications from the central idea of changelessness.
There is a changelessness to the event - someone who first attended 10 years ago, or 20, will recognize the place and the people right away.
It is not only their isolation that has enabled them to preserve ancient ways of life, however, but also that they regard changelessness as being of the highest value .
Earlier generations, coming from "tumultuous" events at home, saw the "sense of changelessness, of historical inertia and social stability that had appeared the enviable touchstone of China's enduring cultural truth" (Porter 192).
Identity continuity between the ancient Egyptians and the Coptic community of today is a fairly common idea among Egyptian Christians, but the question of Egyptian identity today is complex, more so than Meinardus's conclusion that "these Coptic customs and practices merely illustrate the changelessness of the Egyptian way of life
This seemingly static expedition fixes the Bundrens within a narrative of changelessness and suspension--a narrative representative of their social and economic immobility.
45) This tension between changelessness and newness in the hearing of the gospel is eloquently expressed in the Christian Scriptures in these words: "Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard.
But only the theory of punctuated equilibrium, Gould argued, could predict exactly what we have found (and not found) in the fossil record--evidence of overwhelming changelessness and sudden morphological macroevolution among small and geographically peripheral populations.