"It has always been that way" is a phrase no dynamic leader wants to hear. Or to put it another way, madness is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. The way things are now is due to the decisions of whoever went before. This is a fact, of course. But it does not need to be a life sentence.
The Prophet Ezekiel speaks to the defeated people of God with a bracing and forthright message. It is a message full of hope not only for the distant future, but for now as well.