“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
The Leopard (Sicilian Novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa)
Political systems can become rigged to accommodate those already in power. The wealthy become wealthier. Those at the lower end of the scale tend to remain there. Organized society, no matter which economic system, creates opportunity for privilege, cronyism, nepotism and undue process, mechanisms that often seek to keep things as they are—the status quo.
Fairness and justice is not the concern of the status quo. Nor is change. Those at the top wish to maintain or solidify their position. They mock change and may use tactics of fear and obfuscation to make their point.
Social mobility is not a concern of the status quo. Only a continuation of the current order. The re-imagined past is golden.
“Too much regard for the good old days caused the downfall of Rome,” pronounced Harlow Gaylord, one of my history teachers at Hinsdale High School. This is not an easy concept to grasp at 14 years old but it remained with me until I was able to grasp it.
Those fearful of change or pleased with their status tend to back political candidates who pledge to maintain it. Or strengthen it. Any attempt at tinkering with the order is scorned as dangerous.
Those not at the top of the system may become disgruntled. They too would like some of the man made rules to bend their way.
Sooner or later, The Status Quo has got to go.
I wrote this song about three years ago. It’s my attempt to be straightforward about this universal, ongoing battle.
UTK performs Status Quo at Fat Tone Guitars in January 0f 2012.