Marriage|Can a leopard change its spots?

This question has probably been asked a million times. It seems logical to agree that a leopard can not change its spots; however, we tend to present this question when speaking about a person and not an animal.


“a leopard never changes its spots” means that it’s impossible for one to change their character, even if they will try very hard. The expression, sometimes also used as “a leopard can‘t change its spots”, is used to explain the idea that no one can change their innate nature”

Does the answer to this age old question change when asking if a person can change their ways? When a person commits an atrocity, sin, crime, or misstep do humans feel they can change or will they always be broken?

Some say they WILL always be broken, while others say they can change depending upon the situation.

If a man cheats on his wife, can he change? I don’t believe this is a simple yes or no answer. There are many factors to weigh in before making a quick judgment, correct? Yes, I agree with my analysis.

If a person is a thief, can a thief change and no longer be a thief or will they always have the propensity to steal?

One might say they can change and another may say, nope–once a thief always a theif.

What about a liar? Can liars become truth tellers or will they always lie in some form, shape or fashion? Again, some say they can change and some say, nope, they will never change.

I think it its simply up to the person committing the offense. Do they have remorse? Do they have a conscious? Do they feel what they did was wrong? What does wrong mean to them? Was anyone else involved that they care about?

Some people feel their wrong doing is necessary for survival.

I believe there could be 101 questions for each particular case.

People change if there’s a reason to change. People change because they have to deal with consequences due to their actions.

For example, there was an episode on a tv show called “Blackish” where Pops player by Lawrence Fishburne only changed his because of Lynette played by Loretta Devine.

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If there wasn’t any repercussion for wrong actions then why would there be a need for change?

If someone continues to wreak havoc on the world and everyone around them and continued to get off with a slap on the wrist, why would they need to change?

This world would be a much better place if everyone took responsibility for their actions.

We wouldn’t need police or higher authority if people took responsibility for their actions.

In some instances I do believe a leopard can change its spots, but on the other hand, if the person doesnt forsee any personal loss or personal pain inflicted upon themselves, then there really isnt a need to change.

What do you think? In what situation would a person change bad habits? Only to benefit themselves or would another person come into the picture?

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