Panta Rei (Even at Downton Abbey) Featured

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Things change, even at Downton Abbey        Even Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, agrees with Heraclitus: everything flows and nothing abides.

It was the great philosopher Heraclitus who, contemplating a river, said we cannot ever really see the same river twice, for water is constantly flowing:

"Those rivers one steps into are not the same: other and yet other waters keep flowing on"

Panta rei. Everything flows. Everything changes. Nothing ever stays the same.

Panta Rei - Waterfall 

 This is a great truth that has been the subject matter of many a philosophical and literary composition. But never has it been truer than nowadays. To be completely fair, the speed at which change happens took a drastic change after the first Great War. The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century had set the cogs in motion, but the machinery of war and its aftermath gave them some extra twists.

Now, as the 21st century progresses and more and more changes are introduced around us every day, Heraclitus words ring truer than ever about our society and where it is going is. It keeps flowing: everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.

Whether we like it or not, change is here to stay. As the Dowager Countess says about change: "these days, we all have to learn to live with it". But we do not necessarily need to hate it, as some of the characters in the popular TV series do. Rather, we need to be ready for it. And our educational system should be ready for it. Our children need to learn how to live in a changing world using flexible and growth mindsets. That way, not only will they be allowed to catch up with the times they are living in, but it will also help them to dream and build new changes.


Life is change. Education should always reflect it. Never fear!!

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