The Same River Twice: Unexpected Truths

I devoured the Kingfountain series by Jeff Wheeler, and am now plowing through the related Harbinger series. In Book 4, one of the characters (can’t say which; no spoilers!) dropped several truths in a few short paragraphs of a letter, and I’d like to share that passage (with spoilers omitted).

Maybe you’ll find some of this as timely and as profound as I did.

“There is a saying here in Kingfountain that I much admire. You cannot step twice in the same river. Change is inevitable and relentless, and I have found that it does not matter how slowly progress happens so long as it does happen. […] people change for two reasons. Either they have learned much, or theyโ€™ve been hurt much. People fear change, however, and it requires much coaxing. Not because it is difficult, but because the future is uncertain. […] It is easy to forgive a child for being afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when one is afraid of the light.

-excerpted from a letter by [someone] in Prism Cloud by Jeff Wheeler; all emphasis mine.