“That’s Just The Way It Is”

That’s just the way it is.  Parents say it to their children.  Bosses say it to their employees.  People who have no imagination and can’t see solutions to problems say it to everybody.  You will be trying to make a point and people will just throw up their hands and say “That’s just the way it is” and all that means is that they don’t understand a word you’ve said and have no real interest in trying.
It’s natural, I suppose.  To drift with the current is easier than swimming, to sit on the sidelines is easier than getting in the game, and carries far less risk of actual injury.
But, it’s not a good enough excuse any more.  Once upon a time you might have said “That’s just the way it is” and it would have been true.  People lived in one place their whole life, people did the same job their parents did.  We had centuries of that shit.  But, it’s over now.  We have the knowledge of the world at our fingertips.  We also have a plethora of visions of how the world could be.
We could have a future of peace, a society where nobody is poor, where the air is clean, the water is drinkable, where everybody had a home , where there is fresh fruit growing in the parks, long boulevards lined by shady trees, and so on and so forth.

Yet, there are some who would hold us back from all that.  “That’s just the way it is,” they say.  But it’s not.  Not any more.

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