Journal Article — It’s Worth Living in the World — by James McHugh

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“Homeostasis and Transistasis… one is a force to maintain the present status and the other is a force for constant change. Anything that lives is composed of these two conflicting forces.”

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“Homeostasis and Transistasis… one is a force to maintain the present status and the other is a force for constant change. Anything that lives is composed of these two conflicting forces.” Ritsuko Akagi from the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion once brought this point up to explain how all living things, specifically humans, have a need for consistency in their lives and at the same time are in a constant need for change. Ultimately, these two conflicting forces drive our lives and always lead to change, but at a pace that is anything but wanted. Change is something that always happens, and it’s always up to the individual to deal with that change if they want to survive. That is simply a fact of life, and my own is no exception.

McHugh, James. 2003. “It’s Worth Living in the World.” Pp. 27-33 in Social Theories, Student Realities (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume II, Issue 1,  2003). Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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