Our memory is very short, so we quickly lose perspective of what was, and take the new as the natural order of things, as though it always was, but there is nothing normal about it. This article relates to the environment but it can be applied to our culture and seen in politics.
We have many cognitive biases. Thought experiments can illustrate to us our cognitive preference for the status quo. Status quo bias can be detected many ways. Status quo bias is interesting from a psychological perspective but also political as it explains societies conservative nature.