If the only thing constant is change, when will that change?
François de la Rochefoucauld first gave us the oft repeated rule that, “The only thing constant in life is change.” Well, he certainly seems to have defined how things have worked throughout my brief lifetime. And as I read the writings of wise people of the past, their observations of change match perfectly with my own. So I guess things have been constantly changing for a good long time.
A study of evolutionary biology shows that change has been constant for 3.6 billion years. Geology shows us that change was going on for more than a billion years before any life was here to observe it. Cosmology paints a picture of change stretching back 13.72 billion years.
But if the Duc de La Rochefoucauld is right, hasn’t he set up a self canceling law? At some point, the law of constant change itself must change, no? What then? When will that come? Will the heat death of the Universe really end change, or will it trigger it on an even grander scale? Isn’t this an interesting paradox?