Nature has no broken status quo because the moment the status quo breaks down, nature adapts. When the status quo stops working, nature takes action and changes to maintain its harmonious existence.
Humans have the ability to adapt as well, but our intelligence — our ability to ask ‘Why?’ — also gives us the ability to resist adapting. Unlike nature, we can maintain a status quo even if that means causing harm to ourselves, our family, and our environment.
When something is accepted as-is, its flaws, no matter how great, are irrelevant. The status quo is the status quo because it’s not questioned. This can be — and usually is in the long-run — disastrous.
If no one ever challenged the status quo of wheel design thousands of years ago, we’d still be rolling around on stone tires today.
If no one challenges the wasteful and irresponsible culture that exists today, we will have a future human species diseased with distrust, living on a planet depleted of resources.
The gift of curiosity and intelligence comes with a responsibility to adapt and to look towards the future. It comes with the responsibility to determine when the status quo is broken and when it needs to change.
Accepting things as they are now ignores the one thing that makes us all human: the ability to hang a question mark on the status quo and ask, ‘Why?’