No one situation, sale, or journey is ever the same; there are too many variables at play.
As Christie’s international director of auctioneering Hugh Edmeades puts it: “There are many different ways of getting from London to Paris, but as long as you get to Paris, that’s all that counts.”
The only consistent navigation seems to be people’s adopted values and principles, culled from the accumulation of knowledge and experience.
Context is life’s compass, it too amenable to change. All roads lead to Rome, including the ones that don’t exist yet.