I am not one to challenge the status quo in order to flaunt some kind of anti-establishment attitude. I’m not a drone, either. But most times I find the status quo is correct as-is, and I attribute this to simple cause-and-effect: Whatever a particular accepted status quo happens to be, it’s that way because in all probability that’s what works best. Over some period of time, through trial and error, the status quo got to be an accurate response to reality.
One could say that the status quo is the result of a kind of a random, free-market social tweaking.
I can hear the howls of dissension. My retort is that for some people, casting aspersions at any commonly accepted notion IS the status quo.
Of course the accepted way of doing things can be wrong sometimes. But, not usually.
In any case, once one acquires the Systems Mindset, the thought process doesn’t land upon a positioning based on whether it fits the status quo…or the opposite. The thinking process is more detached and mechanical than that. Got a problem? Sometimes solutions can be radically different from the status quo, but most times, just a small reiteration of what’s already there is all that’s necessary. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater; don’t cut off your nose to spite your face, etc.
New beginnings are sometimes necessary, but knee jerk start-overs too often result in carnage. The problem system–whether it’s a marriage or a career or a government–whispers quietly, please don’t discard me. Just get inside and tweak me a bit.
Don’t plunge into a divorce. Instead, drop the emotional theatrics, isolate the mechanical sore-spot, and then manipulate the internal mechanics of that sore spot to reach resolution. Financial problems, personal or governmental? Challenging the laws of physics by deliberately spending more money than one has is flashy but ridiculous. Doing some serious cost-cutting is the less exciting yet rational approach. Depressed? Rather than scoring anti-depressants from the doctor, stop drinking (because, silly, alcohol is a depressant). Do I need to say this is not rocket science?
So, problems? There’s a good chance the box you’re in doesn’t need replacement. It just requires some internal adjusting. Of course, thinking-outside-the-box is a good thing and is exactly consistent with the systems mindset approach, but as you float outside and slightly above your world, examining the problems down there, consider that maybe your situation is not really so bad after all and that the simple solution lies right there, inside the box.
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