Humans overwhelmingly go along with status quo, regardless of what it is.
And regardless of compassion, intellect, or destruction.
This phenomenon is so bizarre that extremely large groups unanimously go along with status quo that is opposite the status quo of different times or places.
What does this mean? Status quo is a psychological and sociological key to understand important issues facing humanity. And understanding is a key for improvement.
For example, when slavery is the norm, most people – society – goes along with it. Many even seek to benefit from it. Despite enormous consequences to the many enslaved.
The benefits of enslaving others are obvious, and it’s too much trouble to change society’s minds. Almost all of whom will ignore you, and very many of whom will absolutely despise you for it. And besides, wouldn’t you prefer socializing, or watching telly?
When slavery is forbidden, people are aghast at the concept. Anyone trying to reintroduce it would receive an unbearable amount of vitriol. The public would reinforce the ‘no slavery’ status quo. Even though it used to be the status quo.
Cultural shifts occur when old people who refuse the changes reason requires die off, leaving more young people open to embracing better ideas.
Another example. In times and places where women are denied equality, people are aghast at the bizarre concept of women in positions of authority, voting, or even driving a car (Saudi Arabia).
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, reporting for National Public Radio’s 5 March, 2012 Talk Of The Nation, noted a recent poll asking Egyptian men and women if they would consider voting for a woman president. 100% said no.
So even extremely large groups of the oppressed will unanimously go along with their own enslavement. Not because of logic or compassion, but because: status quo.
An example that engulfs a still larger group: nuclear weapons. This status quo threatens to liquidate all of humanity and many other species. It is not only absurd, it is beyond the descriptive ability of the word absurd.
But how much of humanity works against nuclear weapons, including joining groups dedicated to their eradication? 0%.
100% of 7.2 billion people go along with this absurdly absurd absurdity.
With billions of us actively supporting it. Through flag-waving patriotism, embracing the annihilatory division of Earth we call nations, the political parties of those nations, and the candidates of those political parties.
Because this is the current status quo.
*Dirty Little Secret Time