‘Status quo’ has become a negative, painful word, yet throwing the status quo out the window is naive. At the very least we should let it pass through the door. We should honour it.
I saw how the status quo was despised when our second president, the retired Daniel Arap Moi was handing over the presidency to Mwai Kibaki in Kenya. Citizens threw stones and dirt at the president, and it was a sight which has been ingrained in my brain ever since. If I were a painter, I would have painted it
Politics prosper amid the status quo. It works for maintaining prices and minimising the loss of lives and property. Continuous stability in the ‘state of affairs’ makes it easier for a ruler to manage diverse personalities. Maintaining the ‘status quo’ creates stability.
It is consistency and dependability created over time. Disrupting the status quo requires bravery and a delicate balance just ask refugees who had less than a perfect working government. We can also ask citizens of a country on the brink of war.
Status quo brings relative stability rather than disrupting an imperfect system. It brings perseverance which is a life-value. Just as it is with families where 95% are dysfunctional, so it is with governments. Tell me, the perfect political system, and I will advocate for it with my blood, doesn’t exist. Political systems were never meant to be perfect. They exist to make life more bearable rather than perfect, and politicians know it.
We always fight to change the political status quo, but we are never ready to take responsibility for the chaos which might occur.
Perfection is elusive, and the status quo is sustainable. The status quo is related to justice, and due process. Let’s be patience in whatever political system we might find ourselves in.
By Irene Yawazee
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