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Dominant power in any situation is always temporary. Societies, religion, business all seem incapable of holding a center. Inevitably, there is change be it for better or worse if only because societal inertia is so implausible. This is equally true in our own lives. Change, however it manifests itself, whether in subtle or dramatic fashion, is a source of renewal and, ultimately, creativity.

In the 18th century, craftsmen were the interpreters of drawn designs, many of which had no specifics to guide them. Craftsmen of that era were concerned with method and procedure so that their creativity often looks like a natural evolution of what went before. When you think about the migration of styles through the 18th century, you just have to marvel at the subtle evolution of design. The role of craftsmen is often unheralded, but it was both essential and fascinating. Look, for example, how drawer construction developed or how moldings evolved. There was constant alteration.

The most interesting aspect of change is how we either adapt or attempt not to adapt to it. As inevitable as change may be, it is comforting to think that some things never change. Clearly, not all change is good nor for the better, but that doesn’t mean that you can stop it. You might wish to influence it somehow, but even then, change isn’t a function of social engineering. If it was, we might still be in the Garden of Eden. Then again, maybe not.