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On the condition that one does not absolutise it, it is possible to advance the proposition that, whether the human actors and actresses know it or not, history is a theater of conflict, conflict between those whose static worldview pits on the side of continuity and those whose dynamic worldview pits on the side of change. And quite often, human beings move from one team to another. It is a conflict between tradition and revolution, between the desire to conserve and the desire to transform.

The wise person does not just see himself as a revolutionary or a traditionalist but as one who realizes what, when and how to change, as well as what, when and how to maintain the status quo. To paraphrase our Lord, the wise person knows how to bring from his storeroom things old and new.

Every human being has to figure out from time to time what should be changed and what should be preserved. When a Christian is faced with this question, he/she may not attempt to resolve it apart from God. As Christians, we are not to act in history without taking constant care to discern the will of God. The question therefore changes. It is no longer simply what should change and what should not change but, at any given time what does God want to be changed and what does God want to be preserved. - Fr. Anthony Akinwale, O.P.

 

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