The Status Quo Should Be Maintained

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The status quo refers to the current state of affairs; the norm. Challenging the status quo means to do something unexpected, out of the boundaries written by such ideals. Though the status quo needs to maintained to some extent, it is this challenging that helps ensure that the figures of authority are questioned and not trusted blindly as there is no such thing as perfect authority. This also ensures they are acting justly and for the best interest of the people, whilst also allowing for the passage of change to occur within our society, bolstered by the ideas obtained by such challenging individuals. People of power heavily influence the status quo, such that if one opposes such figures they are directly challenging its roots. Defying such authority is vital as it keeps them on their toes, careful not to do things that are questionable, corrupt or immoral. Moreover, through the course of humankind it is blatant that such heavy influencers on the norms have a tendency to exploit their position, expressing their own untested and subjective opinions, values and ideas as truths. This is exemplified in James McTeigue’s film “V for Vendetta”, where the government, ruled by High chancellor Suttler is riddled by corruption, immoral values and based on acts of discrimination against anyone who is regarded “undesirable”. It is only when V goes against the grain with “...the power of ideas...” is hope given to the people to rebel, and become face-less behind a mask, to carry on the great legacy of Guy Fawkes.

Who knows how long this could’ve continued if the mainstream was not challenged by V? as such government had already exploited its power to such limits creating a status quo that was unreasonable and simply absurd. Hence, rebellion is vital, as without it blind acts of conformity to horrific behaviours such as carried that carried out by Suttler and by those in…...

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