Question the Status Quo

Written by: Leanne Prescott (East Coast Coach)
As far back as I can remember I have asked WHY there was injustice in the world.

  • Why are some families hungry?
  • Why are some children forced to work?
  • Why are some people without clean water?

“Because that’s the way it’s always been” has never been a good enough answer for me. And although this answer was designed to be a comfort somehow, I know in my heart that just because something has always been doesn’t mean it is right.

This answer reflects contentment with the status quo and can sound uncaring and thoughtless. It says the injustice is normal. However, the more I have asked WHY, I’ve learned that being content with the status quo is one of many ways a compassionate heart protects itself. Asking these big questions is so uncomfortable for many people because the problems are tremendously big and the answers are complicated.

I may never have the answers to WHY so many people suffer, but I can change the question to one that can always be answered:

  • Some families are hungry. What will I do to help?
  • Some children are forced to work. What will I do to help?
  • Some people don’t have access to clean water. What will I do to help?

It takes courage to continue to ask WHY even when it is uncomfortable. It requires commitment when you change the questions entirely and begin to ask WHAT. Suddenly you are a part of the solution. When you change the questions, real people with real challenges receive hope.

My search for answers to the world’s injustice has brought me on an incredible journey of advocacy and activism. It is good to ask questions and to challenge the status quo. The very best questions will lead you to act.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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