All that you touch
All that you Change
The only lasting truth
Is Change. (1.Verse.1-8)
Often, philosophies and religions get boiled down to a slogan that can fit on a bumper sticker or in a tweet. If that had to be done for Earthseed, the message that would survive would be God Is Change. This three-word phrase is the take-away many readers remember about the novel years later. We're introduced to it with this passage right at the start of the very first chapter, so it's clearly pretty important. It's a big flashing light saying, hey, readers, think about how change (growing, replacing, altering)—and also the refusal to change (stubbornness, denial)—affect both Lauren and you.
People in Lauren's Robledo community, for example, such as Joanne in Chapter 5, tend to think that their security situation won't change dramatically, and even if it were to, that they would have no power to affect the outcome. With this Earthseed verse, Lauren is insisting that, in contrast, people are empowered to change things, and they themselves will be altered by making changes. In fact, according to Lauren, this creativity based in change can be thought of as a controlling principle or God.
Incidentally, someone else who talked about the importance of change was the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus more than 2500 years ago. See any parallels?