The Power to Change the World

The power to change the world resides in our ability to change ourselves.

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  1. Yes, sir – and in my 56 revolutions around the sun (this incarnation, anyway =o), I’m convinced that it’s “ourselves” only that can and will effect change in the world. Be it feeding the starving, helping the homeless, orphaned…whatever: what works is people-to-people. Governments and organizations are not the answer. So yes, we do need to change ourselves from complacency and apathy to action. Namaste!

    • Ricky, I couldn’t agree more. Organizations bigger than small groups lose their humanity, they lose their ability to relate on a human level. Any organization intending to affect social change must work on the same level as the one it’s trying to affect.

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom here. 🙂

  2. “The power to change the world resides in our ability to change ourselves.”

    Would this be circular, in that our perception of what (if anything) is wrong with the world corrects itself once we sort out what’s to be changed within ourselves?

    Like a philosophical chicken versus egg situation..

    • Interesting question, Andrew. I find that when I observe a problem and discover the solution within myself, the problem is often resolved effortlessly. 🙂

  3. Lol, absolutely Andrew :). I have discovered that our relationship with others, is our relationship with self. It’s a view thing. What we perceive, say, if it is bleak, is the very thing we need to heal in ourselves. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

    • Great point, C. Fassett! We should make it a habit to look inward whenever we see something external that needs changing. We should ask, “How are we contributing this problem?” or “How are we not contributing to the solution?”