If you want to change the world start by changing yourself.
I find Human Nature intriguing- the very habits where people excuse their own faults and shift responsibilities and blame to everyone, the government, employers and teachers but themselves. If you want to change the world change must start with you. The statement by Mother Teresa is apt here ” if everyone sweeps in front of their house we will have a cleaner world”. If you want to change the world you must become the change you seek, by your attitude, words and deeds. Perhaps from this point the change can begin from you to the family. If you want to change the world go home and love your family indeed. This Love like wild fire can spread to the rest of the world. But there’s a caveat, he who comes to equity must come with clean hands.
If you want to Change the World Start by Making your Bed
The story is told of a mother whose son is obsessed with eating sugar. The mother took the son to the great Mahatma Gandhi to admonish the boy to stop eating sugar. Gandhi looked at mother and son for a long time and send them away to come back in two weeks time. The mother with surprise written all over her face left with her son. After the two weeks given to them to return elapsed, she brought her son to meet Gandhi at his Ashram. By this time he was ready for them, Gandhi looked at the boy and said to him ” young boy you should stop eating sugar, it is not good for your health”. The boy accepted because Gandhi was his hero, but the mother was curious and wanted to know why Gandhi sent them away two weeks earlier. Responding, he said two weeks earlier he was still eating sugar, except he Gandhi quits the habit of eating sugar he has no moral right to admonish her son. The two weeks afforded him the opportunity to cut down on eating sugar or quit it completely.
If you want to change the world you must emulate Gandhi who had to purge himself of the habit before thinking of changing another.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where people live in self denial, shift responsibility and apportioning blame to others. In the same vein, doing what is right have since taking flight from our lives and virtues, as we are deeply inmense in moral bankruptcy.
Love The Catalyst to real Change
Love is what the world needs at this time, as it is the only thing that can bring the desired change in the heart of humanity. If you become a magnet of love, one by one like the hundredth monkey principle the general consciousness of the world will be lifted paving way for the change.
The hundredth monkey effect is a hypothetical phenomenon in which a new behavior or idea is spread rapidly by unexplained means from one group to all related groups once a critical number of members of one group exhibit the new behavior or acknowledge the new idea. The behavior was said to propagate even to groups that are physically separated and have no apparent means of communicating with each other.
I beg to reproduce the article from the Times of India below
THE HUNDREDTH MONKEY EFFECT.
In the year 1980, Lyall Watson was the first biologist to propose the theory of “The Hundredth Monkey Effect”, in his book, ‘lifetime He mentioned a phenomenon that the Japanese primatologist discovered while studying the Macaque monkey in the wild.
The Japanese snow monkey, Macaca fuscata, was kept under observation for over 30 years. In the year 1952, on the island of Koshima, a group of scientists provided a group of monkeys with sweet potatoes covered in sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the sweet potatoes but found the dirt unpleasant.
An 18-month-old female monkey found a solution. She washed the potatoes in a nearby stream and shared her discovery with her mother. She also taught it to her playmates who further showed it to their mothers.
This cultural discovery was eventually being picked up by many monkeys. At least such was the observation gained by the scientist.
Between 1952 and 1958, almost all the young monkeys had learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes. Only the adults who imitated, their children learned this social improvement. Other adults continued to eat dirty sweet potatoes.
Then a startling phenomenon was observed.
In 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — the exact number is not known. The assumption was that if at the dawn of a particular day, 99 monkeys knew about washing the potatoes, then by the dusk of the same day 100 monkeys knew.
By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!
Another exemplary fact observed by the scientist was the journey of this knowledge overseas. Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes too!
A hypothesis was then drawn- when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness can be communicated through mental energy.
Although the exact number may vary, the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon implies that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.
Here lies a point over which even a single addition of a new awareness can significantly strengthen the field of awareness to the extent that it is picked up by almost everyone within a short period!
When a certain number achieves an awareness, the new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.
The Hundredth monkey phenomenon points out our responsibilities and our power.
We are affected by a lack of harmony of any type anywhere on the planet – even if not consciously aware of it.
It Takes only A Spark to Cause a fire
From the foregoing article, I believe you have glean the possibility that we can bring positive change to the world. But this change must start with you and with me. It takes only a spark to cause a fire, like the Wildfire that engulfed Turkey recently. How did it start? I don’t know. Maybe one man or even two men went to the forest to cause the spark as a pastime, the result being the fire that claimed many lives and properties. We have many fertile minds and motivated young people, the only thing they need is a spark to go out and start a positive revolution of love in the world. But since we cannot give what we don’t have the change must start from the home and from one person at a time.
You have to sit down and genuflect on the importance and meaning of life if you want to change the world.
You must do these If you want to change the world.
- Seek to solve the riddle of life after death
Many people are greedy, they have bloated egos and want people to worship them. Nevertheless, ask yourself how many years do I have to spend on planet Earth? Maybe 80, 70, 60 or even 150 years. After you die you turn into an atom but an atom with conscious awareness. If you have 50 billion dollars you won’t be able to leave planet Earth with even 0.001 cents of it. Likewise, if you have mansions and all the best and finest things money could buy. You can only live planet earth with your capacity to love, create peace, and abundance if you have cultivated and earned these virtues before your time on earth comes to an unflinching end. Hence, once you understand this you will see the need to develop humility and give love to the world before you die.
- Understand the law of cause and effect
Ok let’s say what you sow you reap. Instead of sowing discord in the world why not sow peace and love. The good book says “be not be deceived for God is not mocked whatever a man soweth that shall he reap”. Why not look for a fertile ground and plant a seed that has the capacity to bring about change in the world. Why not use your time here, like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Benjamin Franklin among others before you to leave the world better than you met it.
- Learn relaxation and be free from the Grind of daily living.
Except you learn to relax and be free from the tension of living, how do you hope to attract the state of love, peace, and abundance with which to start the change in the world. You must learn the art of letting go as well as understanding the natural rhythm of the universe as you cultivate grace to dealing with the challenges of life.
Find pleasure in doing what your hands find to do and if life throws a punch at you, roll with it. When the problems of life sit on your shoulders like a giant elephant, have the presence of mind to know that even this will pass away, for they always do.
Those who wish to bring change to the world knows that challenges are stepping stones and teachers that will aid them in their mission.
- Avoid gossip and fault-finding
Do I gossip? Yes, do I find fault? Yes. and do i shift blame? Yes. I am aware that to start a positive change in the world I must have to move from my animalistic tendencies of fault-finding and gossip to speaking good of everyone and seeing the best in everyone. A tongue that gossips cannot start change in the world unfortunately. That’s why you must spend many quite time in prayer and meditation and contemplation to rewire and program your consciousness to the state you desire to see in the world.
If you don’t have peace within, you can not bring peace to the world, and if you don’t feel abundance in your being, unfortunately you can not manifest it in the world also. That’s what prayer and meditation as well as contemplation can help you achieve. It can also help you see life correctly and sidesteps the many illusions on the journey of life. This is key if you want to change the world.
- There’s dignity in labour:
Find a way to contribute your quota to life and to your country, whether as an employee or an enterpreneur. Whatever you hand finds to do, do it to the very best of your capacity. If you’re a plumber be the best plumber. If you’re teacher, endeavour to be the best teacher, and if you’re a doctor do your best to be the best at saving lives. Countries become great when its citizens give their best effort at any task presented to them.
Yes, discouragement will come, because no matter how you try there will be people who will sabotage your efforts. Don’t give these people your attention, know that the universe has a way of getting even with those dishonest people and reward those that are committed to promote the good work of the universe. The most important thing is having the feeling of personal satisfaction that comes from knowing that you have done your best.
Hardwork is a balm that can bring opportunities, prosperity and happiness to the person who embraces this culture. That’s why the greatest basketball player Michael Jordan said “be true to the game because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game then the games will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort good things will bestowed upon you. That’s truly about the game and in some ways about life too”.
Dishonest people at first think they are wise, but like it’s always the case, soon their misdeeds catch up with them and bring them down to their kneels. If you want to change the world make honesty your watchword.
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