I know of no philosopher or anyone for that matter who appeared to understand and totally support the concept of ‘change’ as Heraclitus of Ephesus (530 – 470BC) did.
His life infact bore testimony to that fact. Having been born into a wealthy family, Heraclitus renounced all of that for a solitary life away from men and the comfort of life. You could say he brought on himself his own change, but don’t we all in one way or the other, overtly or covertly?
In one of Heraclitus’ eternal words he stated in the greek that,
”Potamoisi toisin autoisin embainousin, hetera kai hetera hudata epirrei.’
which roughly translates in the English to mean,
‘No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.’
or infact simply means ‘Everything Flows’, or as he observed, that ‘Nature is in a state of constant flux.
He asserts that ‘it is in changing that we find purpose’, as we obviously see with his life. I doubt we’d be talking about him today if he’d continued the family business to multiply the wealth or just laid back to enjoy it all.
It’s the lack of understanding of this simple fact of life that draws many to frustration, enough to desire to put an end to their life. We will and should be frustrated about changes in our lives, especially those beyond our control, but such frustrations should lead us to either adapt to them (when they are inevitable and irreversible) or work to reverse or make the best of them.