The first time I heard this phrase, it made me wonder why.  Why do we need to accept everything as it is?  Why have we become so tolerant to all kinds of behavior, that we simply must accept that it is what it is?  We seem to have tossed all of the tenets of the Bible aside in favor of being politically correct.  We disobey the ten commandments daily.  We disobey our governing laws – like not going the speed limit or stopping on a red light.  We’ve accepted that these laws are merely suggestions for us.

When something is wrong and we know it, why do we accept it as truth?  Has our society become so complacent – so self absorbed – so lazy that we can no longer take responsibility for our actions.  Instead we play the blame game and make someone else responsible for our indiscretions.

What happened to the American dream?  What happened to our inventive spirit? When necessity requires change, we need to act upon that – not simply by carrying a sign and protesting – but by doing something to make the change happen.  We have become an angry society and it’s not only unattractive it’s foolish.

The real change will only come through action.  We cannot sit back and wait for someone else to do it either.  John Kennedy stated that we should ask not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country.  We’ve always been a nation of innovators – inventors and entrepreneurs.  Lately we have resorted to acceptance as the only way to improve things.

“It is what it is” should be revised to say “It is because we found a way to overcome the problem.”  Let’s not simply give in and accept so as not to stir things up.  Our forefathers didn’t sit idly by when they were being oppressed. They worked hard together to become independent.  By not honoring that fact, we are slapping our history in the face.

We certainly can’t fight this battle alone, but we do have the God of Abraham behind us – a power that has yet to be matched.


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12 Responses to IT IS WHAT IT IS

  1. the first time I really heard the phrase was from my last principal—it was a statement that he would utter not necessarily in some form of resignation but rather almost as a decree…
    as in, it it what it is and that’s all that it is—kind of like Popeye 🙂 aye aye aye

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  2. It’s interesting to see your post, last night at church we watched a video by Steven Furtick, called ‘It is what it is, but it’s not what it seems.’ All about faith…it greatly encouraged me.

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    Funny. That is actually one of my most well used expressions. As Julie pointed out about her principal, I tend to use it as a decree. Sort of like “my way or the highway.”

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  4. Salvageable says:

    The earliest use of that phrase I have found is in Kierkegaard. It was not intended as a cop-out or a surrender to evil. He was describing the birds of the air and the flowers of the field mentioned by Jesus as reminders of God’s care. The bird doesn’t struggle to manage its world–it is what it is. The flower doesn’t go to effort to make itself more beautiful–it is what it is. I like that approach better than most of the contemporary attitudes about accepting bad situations. J.

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