More things change

“plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

This is a saying in French which translates to “more a thing changes, the more it remains the same”.

When looking at the history of ancient societies like Rome, for example, it appears that people of those times faced some similar pains, worries and concerns as would a person of today.

It is remarkable how much social organization has changed thanks to technology, evolution of law and other factors.

At the same time, it seems that the human nature has remained similar to the ancient generations. Fear of public disapproval, desire to get ahead, love of family are examples of aspects which apparently have not changed much from ancient times.