Human beings are designed to seek out patterns. We look for patterns in everything, all the time. And sometimes we see them even when they aren't there. We measure our world, and determine our place in it through patterns. Who am I like? Who likes me? Who am I not like? Who do I need to avoid? We scan our environment for the patterns we expect. And when we find something that doesn't fit those patterns, we take a second look. We spend all day every day scanning our environment for patterns and anomalies. And the vast majority of what we see, hear, smell and feel is quickly forgotten because in fits the pattern we expected it to fit.
This can lead us to a false sense of consistency. We see patterns, patterns, patterns, and very few exceptions. We look at the same face in the mirror in the morning day after day. We may notice the first sign of wrinkles as we age, or the first few gray hairs. But then we don't really notice the wrinkles get deeper or the gray hair become prevalent because it slowly becomes a part of the pattern. We get lulled into a false sense of consistency. Every day seems like just another day, the years pass by, and life goes on.
Sometimes, an unexpected event disrupts all the sameness, and for a week or a month or a year or two, things don't seem the same. But then we get used to the new patterns and sink into another sort of sameness. But the whole time, everything that seems awfully similar to the way it was yesterday is constantly, subtly changing. Everything is changing all of the time, but because most of it changes slowly, we hardly notice. But that doesn't make it any less fluid.
Our world is constantly changing. And it's changing faster than ever today. But tomorrow, it will change faster still.
The 9th Day - 7 Ways