Changing the world

I was amused to find a parallel exchange in Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett:

'Things are just like they are,' said Johnny, shrugging.

She turned on him.

'Why do you just accept everything? Why don't you ever try to change things?'

'They're generally bad enough already,' he said.

(Le Guin and Pratchett are not what you'd call strikingly similar authors. Although there is a character in the discworld novels called Lu-Tse.)