Can people change?agree or disagree: people can change.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Essentially, human nature is the same as ever:  there is the weak and there is the strong.  Those who have more power, be it physical, monetary, political, social, etc. rule. Oh, they may cloak their "valuting ambitions" in religious, rhetorical, liberal, or conservative phrases, but the motivation is usually focused on gaining power.

If man has so changed and advanced, why are there still wars, and why is there yet violence and those who exploit others?  It is only the controls of a society that reduce "the evil that men do." And, as a society becomes weaker, the evil proliferates. Is there not substantial proof of this condition?

Here's an example:  When the British colonial government dissolved and the "oppressors" left, instead of developing a more democratic government, the native people of these countries often began slaughtering one another. Then, when a ruler was put in place, he often was crueler than any colonial governor, persecuting his own people, stealing from them by keeping monies for himself, etc. [e.g. Idi Amin of Uganda and others]

carol-davis eNotes educator| Certified Educator

People do change.  Life experiences and maturity change people.  If anyone thinks back to what he was like at eighteen and what he is like at thirty, it would be miracle if changes had not been made in his personality and behavior. 

There are so many events in a person's life that will alter his behavior and even his/her way of looking at things: marriage, children, jobs, parents' deaths, money problems, divorce, health problems. All of these occurrences will alter the way a person acts and thinks. 

Every stage of a person's life will bring different attitudes and changes in what a person does.  Sometimes, the changes are for the better. There are instances when a person becomes bitter as he ages.  As a person ages, his priorities change. Health issues move to the forefront. Health insurance and doctors become a part of life.

The point is that everyone changes as life events occur.  No one stays the same.

trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

People can change if they truly want to. However, many people become comfortable in their patterns of behavior and may not want to or care to change because it may take an effort. Many times, people tend to want to follow the easiest path. Someone may know it is not good to wait until the last moment, but may be unwilling to do something in advance because it may take time away from something else they might like to do more. The older someone is, the more set they become in their ways because habits are learned behaviors through repetition. They become second nature. Therefore, to change, someone must really have a vested interest and a good reason to do so.

Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I, too, think that people can change.  In fact, it is a necessity for most of us.  The maturing process is a change, wherein we learn to assume responsibility for ourselves and others.  We seldom think about this as a change, but really, none of us is born knowing how to show up for work on time.  Other, more dramatic changes are, of course, less common, but they do exist.  I do, however, think that there are some attributes we are born with that do not change, even if we change our behavior, for example, shyness or a risk-taking mentality.  Nevertheless, it is not what we think or feel that matters for much of life, but what we actually do. 

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes. People can change and do change, though not everyone changes to the same degree, due to temperament, personality or circumstances. 

People are capable of waking up to new insights about how others feel and think and in doing so experience a reflective/reflexive change. The changes that come from finding a new way to understand the people around us are the ones that change who we are, which is an even deeper mode of change than adjusting behavior and opinion. And this deep kind of change happens to most people, I think, over time.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that people can definitely change.  Let us look at some historical examples.  Malcolm X changed from being racist to being more accepting of white people after his pilgrimage to Mecca.  George W. Bush stopped drinking and became much more responsible, whatever you may think of his policies as president.

So, people can clearly change at least some of their attitudes and behaviors.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

People can change, but you can't change a person.  There is a big difference.  People change all of the time.  They change because of some reason that results in a deep, inner sense changing.  However, if you commit to making someone change because you don't like who he or she is, you are likely to be disappointed.

francy17 | Student

Most definitely! An individual can do almost anything if they put their mind to it. Most just need a really good reason to do so. For example a woman might quit smoking when she learns that she is pregnant or a man might quit drinking when the doctor tells him he could die otherwise.

user1450001 | Student

I think yes, people do change.  It is true that everyone do not have the same inner level in context to soul but surely everyone has their own definite point to move and touch its own certain point. This change may not seem extream but still we feel the difference when one is moving near their own certain point. I dont know how far I could explain but I tried. Life is full of change and so it does changes each person to their own certain point with each moment.

sesh | Student

Yeah eople change for both good and bad. Changability is an obvious fact. There should be a change, a development. If not, lives will be stagnant.