Be the change you want to see in the world

(Mahatma Gandhi)

feel the depth of those words for a second...
let me explain a bit, the way I understand it:

how would you like the world to be? how would you change it? starting from simple, everyday things: I wish people washed their dishes after using them. I wish people didn't smoke so much. I wish streets were cleaner. I wish people were more smiling and positive. continue. start thinking about things you would change.

and when you think it through, with all your heart, what would be right in the world... be that thing. wash the dishes, don't smoke, keep clean, smile and think positive, and anything else, make it personal. be what you want the world to be, right now. and people will see that and be influenced. or even if they don't seem to notice, you will still have changed something for the better, you will feel content (and strong, and right).

also remember that you are (part of) the world.

10 comments:

  1. I want everyone in the world to give me lots of chocolate, so I will start by giving myself lots of chocolate! :))

    But yeah, joking aside, wise words!

    But yeah some research even supports the idea that if I undertake an action or behaive a certain way, it makes it easier and more likely for others to do the same, even if we have never met. According to Sheldrake "Each individual both draws upon and contributes to the collective memory of the species. This means that new patterns of behaviour can spread more rapidly than would otherwise be possible. For example, if rats of a particular breed learn a new trick in Harvard, then rats of that breed should be able to learn the same trick faster all over the world, say in Edinburgh and Melbourne. There is already evidence from laboratory experiments that this actually happens" and "Habits are subject to natural selection; and the more often they are repeated, the more probable they become, other things being equal." (http://www.sheldrake.org/Articles&Papers/papers/morphic/morphic_intro.html)

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  2. thank you!
    so there is scientific evidence :D that is awesome, but right now I just enjoy feeling that change is possible, you know :P

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  3. A feeling of power, of possibility yes?

    But then there is also responsibility that comes along with that.

    PS. There is some really cool research out there that really brings the wonder and amazement back into life. Science is opening up :D

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  4. Hát ehhez mit szóljak? Annyit, hogy szeretném, ha nekem is jutna minden csokoládéból, és megtaníthatnám az unokáimat a csokoládéimádatra. Meg szeretném, ha valaki feltalálná a szóra nyíródó füvet :P, hogy ne kelljen mindig kaszásról gondoskodni.
    Puszi
    Nénutzi

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  5. akkor imadjad tiszta szivedbol a csokoladet! es nyird le a fuvet! :)) haha viccelek. na de erted mit akarok mondani: gyakrabban mosogatok es abszolut nem cigizek az utobbi idoben (egyet sem). :D jiidejoo

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  6. Hahaha, "I wish people washed the dishes after using them" I rememeber where that frustration comes from.

    I also believe that most of us are not Mahatma Gandhi, so we can't really change the world. At least not all of it. So I think this advice, to change yourself, is the easiest thing we can ALL really do.
    It's just like: think globally, act locally. Start with yourself, then your community, and maybe one day you'll be just as powerful as Gandhi.

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  7. thank you!
    also, we do change the world, because we are part of it! we are shaping the world's story every second! :D

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  8. Fain postul asta. Ah si vad ca il ai pe Klimt in stanga... De curand l-am descoperit si eu :-). Alexandra

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  9. adica in dreapta. Nici nu mai stiu care-i stanga care-i dreapta la ora asta.

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