Why Humans Cling To The Status Quo

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This week’s focus: change is seldom easy

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech” is bringing important history to the forefront.

The movie Lee Daniels’ The Butler shows us discrimination that is difficult to watch, fathom and, at times, makes me wonder how we could have been so cruel, heartless and lack compassion for people simply based on the color of their skin. That we’ve been at this place in the U.S. during my lifetime is all the more remarkable to me.

One of the most interesting things I heard in the news accounts this week were calls by white leaders to “slow down” Martin Luther King’s movement. There were cries that he was “moving too fast.” Why should Martin Luther King have have allowed injustices that had prevailed for years to continue even one more day?

On NPR radio this week, I heard about a teacher’s union in Mexico opposing changes in the way teacher efficacy is measured, changes the teacher’s union said are being pushed “too fast” and need to be “slowed down.” This was all the more interesting to me in light of the calls I was hearing for MLK to slow down 50 years ago.

What drives human to cling to the status quo? Fear–the fear that life is going to be different, that a person is going to have to give up something that is familiar to them, that their entitlements are going to fade, that they are going to have to change in ways that aren’t comfortable.

Change is hard. And, for some, some changes are really hard. Martin Luther King’s dream still isn’t fully realized. Yet, his magnificent vision will live forever.

Thought for the week:

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, & you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” – Anaïs Nin

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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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