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Kelly's World | Different spots, but same leopard?

Published:Monday | October 1, 2018 | 12:00 AM

An often-used phrase is that "a leopard can never change its spots".

There was a time when I thought that didn't apply to humans. In my reasoning, surely one could change during one's lifetime.

That belief was further cemented when I heard people who said they were a 'certain way' in their teens but they changed as they got older.

I was further convinced when I saw testimonies by persons at watchnight services in my church-going days.

But over the years, my views have changed somewhat about whether human beings actually do/can change.

The more I think about it, the more I think that at the very least, some people don't change, they probably just make some tweaks in their lives.

I have come across some people who admit they were 'wild' in their younger days, but had 'settled down'.

Sometimes I don't think they changed, I think physically they just couldn't manage the 'workload' anymore.

I mentioned people changing from a religious perspective.

But I'm beginning to reconsider after looking back on some of those biblical stories.

In The Bible I look at Saul before God tun on di light pon him on the road to Damascus.

Saul was always a take-charge kind of guy, the only thing was that he was kicking Christian butt in his early days.

After his conversion, he was still a take-charge kind of guy, but this time he was playing for the right team.

 

Pharaoh

 

I also look at Pharaoh. He was just a mean punk who didn't want to release the Israelites.

When plague start bax him inna him you know where, he relented and told them gwaan bout unnu business.

But once a punk, always a punk. So sure enough, he changed his mind and decided that he ain't building no pyramids by himself.

He went after them, but Moses and the Red Sea took care of that chase.

Now, where I get a little fuzzy on the change argument is the basic interpretation of what constitutes the 'changing' of an individual.

I remember seeing a quote that said something along the lines of, if a man thinks the same way at 35 as he did at 25, he's wasted 10 years of his life.

That quote resonated with me from the beginning. So here's the question I'm left to ponder. Just because my thoughts and ideas have changed, does that mean I (me, the individual) changed?

I suppose the answer would be yes. So, for example, some people go from being pro life to pro choice, or others switch from one political ideology to another.

But does that change the person's quirkiness? Their wit?

If you were a vociferous person who was adamant about, let's say Rastafari, and later became a vociferous person about Buddha, aren't you, at the very core, still 'just' a vociferous person?

I don't know. Maybe the answer is somewhere in the middle. But that's just me always being in two minds.

And that's the way I've always been. No change there.

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