Systems are set in place for one set of priorities that are completely inappropriate for the next. But we come to accept them as given circumstances, and find ourselves utterly incapable of moving beyond them. Instead, we contort ourselves and our priorities to serve obsolete institutions, surrendering our ethics along with our creativity. Our “out of the box” thinking just gives us new tactics to extend the crisis…these are just clever ways to avoid confronting the on-the-ground reality and redesigning things from the inside out.
We think the rules are preexisting conditions set in stone, when they are actually of our own making. That’s why it’s so important that we stop struggling to rationalize and perpetuate them and instead review how they came into being and recognize the ways in which they no longer work.
–Douglas Rushkoff, Get Back In The Box