As I understand it, "alteration (literally, other-ness)" isn't about "existing" at all... it's about change, about phenomena being other than how they were.
To that end, it could have just as easily been represented by the "rise" of certain characteristics and "fall" of others.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine