Friday, June 1, 2012
80. Anyway you like it!
Why would anyone disagree that 'change' as a subject is not only fascinating but perennial too, especially in the era of liberalization when things and conditions are 'changing' by the minute. It is often said that 'change', howsoever slow, is indeed 'certain' and mankind is striving to bring about 'change' in everything it does. Only when the climate starts changing does everyone worry about maintaining status quo!
No wonder, the illusion of 'change' manifests itself in all pervasive status quo. Else, why would the menu in your choicest restaurant refuse to 'change'? Why would status quo continue to persist with respect to traffic snarl on the road? Why would corruption gain currency by the day as a new way of doing business? Why would one continue to crib about all things public? Simply put, the status quo is the only condition that is rarely vetoed as there are interests (including bureaucracy) that defend the status quo.
If you were to ask me I'd say that while change is desirable, status quo is indeed inevitable! I therefore agree with linguist Roger Fowler who considered the concept of status quo as being the common sense of our times. What is often perceived as 'change' is indeed habitualized common sense that doesn't allow us to see far. Such habitualization creates collective social thought that lead us to become increasingly uncritical. We let things the way these are, often caught in the status quo spiral.
How often have you heard air hostess' pronounce during take-off and landing that the 'cabin lights will be switched off, passengers might use reading lights on the panel above their seats'? That such an announcement is even made during day time flights is undoubtedly amusing, not much serious reading ever gets accomplished in those five minutes of 'switched off' status either. Intriguingly, it is the status quo that does not piss off anybody!