Poking the Eye of Convention

By Mark Antony Rossi 

Humans resist change. A humorous reality when considering most of humanity believes in the Theory of Evolution: the ultimate religion of change.

What is change but an another method to improve a distinct facet of life. How sad for the thinker, the inventor upon discovering their notion of progress is unwelcome on a planet fixed on comfortable formula.

Change is treated with utmost suspicion. The idealism of the dreamer is met with aggressive resistance. The average mind is content with the safety of convention. In unquestioning safety there lies the supposed reliability of income, employment and moral direction.

Change strikes fear because it is an unknown quantity. It threatens the status quo whose major reason for existence involves adopting the stance of a stone statue. The status quo could not be the status quo if it were inclined to take any risks.

Historically speaking, the agents of social change (Churchill, Einstein, Gandhi, King, Mandela, Havel) were correct and absorbed the Shakespearean slings and arrows of obstruction to improve a weary world.

They poked the eye of convention long enough for a collective blink. Change was not without sacrifice and some paid with their lives. Yet any nonviolent struggle is ultimately won by convincing those whom will benefit to join the fight. Be brave and join.

Change is going to come to your life. I ask you to give it review and steady reflection before opposing it outright. Life is too short to cling to boring convention when just over the horizon a new life is waiting to embrace you. Embrace it back.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. 

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