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The Sinews of Habsburg Power: Lower Austria in a Fiscal-Military State 1650-1820
William D. Godsey Jr.
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Pandora’s Box A History of the First World War
Jörn Leonhard, Patrick Camiller
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Richard J. Evans
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The Joy Machine - Theodore Sturgeon, James Gunn

Interesting observation:

 

Their easy acceptance of the De Kreef Revolution had been alarming, but Kirk understood. Young people are like that: they experience so many transformations in themselves, they accept change as the nature of things, And, although they cling to stability in their everyday lives as anchors for their own protean existences, they are always ready to tear down the world and start over. That was why young people were in the front ranks of any revolution, ready to lay down their lives for ideals they could barely pronounce.

 

The question this raises for me is this: do we become more resistant to change as we get older because its pace slows and our ability to adapt to it declines? Or is it because over time the onslaught of change become too much to bear and the need for stability increases?