“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself”-Rumi.
I wish this world be filled with compassion and kindness. I wish people practice the art of loving each other. I wish every act of anger has an act of forgiveness as the answer. I wish we become the change we wish to see in the world.
One comes across such quotes or thoughts that become a part of your vocabulary. You either read them in books or blogs or they are spoken by the spiritual leaders. Such a quote as spoken by Mahatma Gandhi is something that people resonate with. The famous quote ” be the change you wish to see in the world” by the father of the Indian Nation “Mahatma Gandhi” is not only thought provoking but challenges the humans in many ways.
We should be the change that we wish to see in others. The easiest route that humans adopt is to point out fingers. We are habituated in finding faults, be it with the political system we exist in, be it the environment we breathe in or be it the people we live with. But does playing the blame game ever help? Rightly said that if we point one finger on others three point to us only. It’s only after we step outside our comfort zone that you begin to change, grow and transform.
Look around yourself, the world is in the web of complications. Complex situations that demand immediate human attention. Global warming, terrorism, unemployment, lack of education, food and water security, corruption, well-being and religious conflicts have engulfed all of us. We know the problems, we talk at length about them in schools, in social meet ups, debate endlessly on television, but do we really take steps in our own arena to be a part of their solution? As rightly said.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our own thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
We must assume personal responsibility at all levels.
We cannot detach ourselves just by saying that such activities are not happening to us. Happening “near us” and “to us” has a very thin line between them. Global warming will destroy not only us but will also pave the way for destruction for our coming generations.
Excessive use of non-biodegradable product like plastic is killing us. We know the harmful effects of it, we stage demonstrations, we debate them in seminars and press conferences, but how many of us have taken initiative to make our home and workplace plastic free. Despite knowing its harmful effects, we continue with its use due to the convenience factor. And when some catastrophe will strike, we will be the first ones to make the “system” responsible for it by not banning its use. Why do we need someone else to tell us what’s beneficial for us, aren’t we intelligent enough to see this ourselves?
Religion is the biggest uniting force as well as the biggest divider.
All religions in this world teach love , kindness, compassion and forgiveness. None wants to breed hatred. We have to develop the art of listening, and understand that the real message in every religion is to love all. They teach that we should be the change that we want to see in this world.We should gear up our energy to bring a positive change. Certain sects fail to understand the real worship of god lies in serving humanity rather than destroying human life. God is to be worshipped, not used to promote personal goals and agendas.
Importance of education can never be undermined.
Education of one woman is education of the entire family. Yet, child labor and women subjugation are always on a rise. It’s not that we are not aware of such things. Awareness is there, action is lacking. We would appreciate if someone initiates change, would applaud his workings, make him a star on social media. If something wrong happens we would light candles against injustice, but is that enough?
Are we working on the path to bring about a change we would wish to see or just sitting as the audience who does not have any role apart from applauding. We need to bring a radical change, within us, around us. We must work towards making the world a better place to live. And what better than educating ourselves, educating people around us, fundamental education, moral education, imparting it at all levels and strata of society.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
We must inculcate the habit within us, and through us within our children to see this world as one big family. To be responsible for its actions and reactions. Loving thyself will lead to loving all. To create world peace and harmony, one must find peace within first. One can only set an example if he himself is sorted within himself. We, if by making small changes within and around us can make this world a better place to live and love, then it’s a win deal for everyone.
As they say – “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”- Leo Tolstoy.
To lead a life of happiness, to live in a world of love and warmth, to teach perfection to our children lets work towards by being the change that we desire to see. Let us be the change.