Changing the status quo, per a Forbes article, seems to be one of 2014’s top ubertrend.
“This year’s übertrend is a response to the sense that our world is dysfunctional and broken. Top-down solutions no longer work in government, and so people are building their own answers from the ground up. It has democratized the process of creating positive change, giving anyone a chance to move the needle. Smart people are tinkering quietly or boldly changing the status quo.” – Forbes
For the record, I was challenging the status quo before the word “Ubertrend” was ever coined. I don’t wear aluminum hats, have a bunker in Idaho, nor do I believe that there is is massive conspiracy. I know it to be a fact that a small elite of bankers and well-connected sociopaths control the destiny of billion of Earth inhabitants.
If you wanted to know why global situations became so bad then confront the fact that a group of people intended and directed it to be that way, regardless of the deplorable situation that we cite. For example, bombs don’t usually get built or go off by themselves. They are financed and developed by some pretty sophisticated minds and organizations, purposely built to kill and maim people, including children. Wars are fully planned, and with any bad condition, someone made that happen.
What Does “Status Quo” Mean?
The original phrase from 14th-century Latin was in statu quo res erant ante bellum, meaning, “in the state in which things were before the war”. This gave rise to the shorter form status quo ante bellum, “the state in which (it was) before war” (indicating the withdrawal of enemy troops and restoration of power to pre-war leadership), as well as other variations such as status quo itself.
The social movement is an example of the status quo being challenged. The term frequently refers to the status of a large issue, such as the current culture or social climate of an entire society or nation.
Why Changing The Status Quo Should Be Important
If you take a look around you, things are not well. But on the other hand, we have access to more technology and resources to develop lasting solutions. It is hard to believe that the only reason that any status quo exists, imparting the concept of a negative condition, is that they are highly profitable.
Where to begin? Wherever you can. Maybe you can help a veteran or a child. Maybe you can blog and speak out. Of just maybe you are connected to someone in power, small or large, and get them to change their mind and agenda.
Pilgrims left England because of oppression. That took courage, followed through with action. When the English wanted to tax them at their new digs (The Colonies), they fought back and won against the then biggest, most organized and well-financed army and navy in the world.
World history is filled with examples of how a status quo was toppled when a small band of determined individuals decided to change that condition.