That particular quote has been echoing loudly in my mind this past month as I’ve continued to languish in my rut of self-created work habits. If I have learned anything over the past two years from my weight loss and increased mindful attention and attempts for wise action, it’s that to embrace change is the only way to achieve desired results because everything is change. Continuing a habit cannot bring about fundamental change, because the repeated nature of a habit undermines change to provide an illusion of control. If the options are undesirable, ask why the options available are unsatisfactory and whose interests the limitations serve. Question who benefits from the status quo, and then act. Questions bring change, welcome them, because certainty is often a synonym for arrogance.
We must develop a sense of mass critical consciousness to see past the bluster and propaganda designed to disgust and enrapture attention in a regular cycle. We must be attentive not merely to the words read or spoken to us, but to what they stir in people and the effect this has on action at any scale. Welcome and necessary change will require attention, because to quote Ida B. Wells, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
(Source: thinksquad, via discoelitist)