The Way Things Are

We are born innocent into our cultures. We are unaware of the spoken and unspoken rules that dictate the status quo. But when we’re young, we’re curious. We question everything.

“Why?” is the great question we ask of our parents, tribe and culture. We don’t understand their beliefs and practises.

But as we grow older, we can lose our sense of wonder and curiosity. We learn that “this is the way things are” and we’re told we can’t do much about it. We have to accept the status quo, not challenge it and those around us. We don’t want to be left out of the tribe.

There are many injustices in this world that we accept as the status quo, when they don’t have to be: poverty, hunger, access to clean water and education.

We participate in systems that keep certain people in positions of privilege and turn a blind eye on the cries of the poor and suffering of those less fortunate than we are.

“It’s not my fault”

“It’s not my responsibility”

We play the blame game. We scapegoat. We pass blame onto politicians and institutions bigger than ourselves, so we don’t have to be responsible for what’s happening around us.

Our hearts become hardened and we accept the way things are, without thinking about them and without challenging them.

I think we need to return to our childlike curiosity. We need to tap into the gut instincts we had when we were younger and wondered: “Why is this the way it is? It doesn’t feel right.”

In this time of increased activism, maybe it’s time we revisited the gut instincts and convictions we have about these things. Especially when we’re unsure of what we’re fighting for.

(Adapted from What We Fight For – An prompt by Lauren Bush Lauren as part of The Isolation Journals)