When we talk about shifting status quos, we usually mean ‘out there’ somewhere.

But while aiming to shift the deadly, distant yet far-reaching, monolithic status quos, let’s not overlook our own – ‘in here’.

For instance:

  • What we’re willing to discuss.
  • Who we choose to work with & why.
  • How things get done & how decisions are made.
  • How we address conflict.
  • How we address inequality.
  • What we challenge & what we implicitly affirm.
  • How we choose to trust & what we put our trust in.
  • How we define safety.
  • How we define violence.
  • What we’re willing to risk, and why.
  • What ‘connection’ actually means to us.
  • What realities we’re willing to see & which we deny.
  • How we deal with that which ‘doesn’t compute’.

These barely-conscious mental habits are also status quos – comfort zones we misinterpret as the only possible reality.

And just like the hegemonic systemic status quos, they’re strengthened through the inertia of vested interests stonewalling against vulnerability.

When we remember this, status-quo-shifting can be as much a ‘practice’ as a political/systemic goal. A way of being, as well as a tactic or a leverage point.

When we remember this, we remember that status-quo-shifting is ALWAYS  an option, ALWAYS at our fingertips, ALWAYS up to us. In every moment, there is a choice – entrench into the safe & familiar, or step into the vulnerable unknown.

When we choose to engage through our own vulnerability, and to engage responsibly with the vulnerability of others, we make a shift that ripples much further than we can know.

Status quos, at all levels, quake when we do that.

Let’s keep them quaking.

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Eugene Eric Kim
4 years ago

Christine, I see that you wrote this in 2015, but I'm seeing it for the first time now, and I'm appreciating that it came across my Twitter feed this morning. This is such an important sentiment, and it's so well said. Thank you for this!