By Chris Rossini
"When I grow up, I'm going to change the world."
Very common words, that often lead to very common troubles. Politics and wars are the outgrowth of such erroneous thinking.
So what's the problem here?
Well, let's ask a few simple questions:
- Did you create the world? ... No.
- Did you create yourself? ... No.
- Do you know everything about the world ... No.
- Do you know everything about yourself ... No.
Things are not looking good so far, since every single person walking this Earth has the exact same answers to the above questions.
One of the prime characteristics that we all share is ignorance. Individually, we know so very little, both about the world that we live in, and about ourselves.
Yet somehow, "I'm going to change the world," comes so easily to many people.
- Who told you "the world" needed to be changed?
- Who put you in charge of changing it?
- Why would anyone give you that job?
Since we're all ignorant, it makes much more sense to say:
"I'm going to change myself!"
"Right now I'm going to change myself, and when I grow up I'm going to change myself some more."
How powerful is that?
But what does it mean to change yourself, and why do it?
Well, as we've already established, we're all ignorant about the world that we live in, and about ourselves. So in order to survive, that needs to be changed, and changed on a daily basis.
Who's the only one in the world that can change you?
That's an easy one ... YOU!
How do you rid yourself of some ignorance? ... By learning the truth!
Learning truth about what? ... About everything that you can.
Here's a little secret, that's not really a secret at all. The world already has a natural "government." It doesn't need you to be in charge of it. Neither you ... nor I ... nor anyone else is here to run the cosmos.
We always read stories of men and their grand plans to create a "world government." But there's already a world government and it's the only one that has ever existed, or that ever will exist.
This is not a religious venue or article, so for the sake of convenience, we'll call the world government the "Truth."
What was true thousands of years ago, is true today, and will be true thousands of years from now.
The same goes for that which is not true. What was an error thousands of years ago, is an error today, and will be an error thousands of years from now.
With such a setup, it becomes clear that it's not "the world" that needs changing. Rather, it's the ignorant individuals in the world that need to systematically change themselves.
Every day, in order to survive and thrive, we must improve our personal 'truth-to-error ratios.' We need to add truth to our understanding, and discard our errors.
That's quite a job.
Obviously, we don't have to do this. No one can force us to do anything. We're free to stay as ignorant as we want.
But the more error that we wash away, and the more truth that we can see, the more fruitful our lives become.
But what about everyone else?
If we have this huge task of working on ourselves, how do we "change" anyone else?
Well, that's a bad question.
It's not our job to "change" anyone else, because it can't be done. We only have the power and ability to change ourselves.
We can, however, help others...Not "change," but help.
The best help that we can provide to others is to speak the truth to them. Not force the truth on them, because force and truth are polar opposites. Just speak the truth to them.
After that, it's exclusively up to them to either believe us or not, and adopt the truth for their life, or not.
Obviously, the often preferred choice for the "world changers" is to not learn the truth for themselves, not work on their own errors, not focus on the only person that they control (which is themselves), but instead go out on a mission to "change" everyone else!
These individuals are often attracted to using violent force. They form governments and then use that force on a grand scale. They constantly fail to achieve their stated objectives, which never seems to matter to anyone, including themselves.
It's all a result of ignorance en masse.
But the Truth is still here, and it isn't going anywhere.
So, individually, let's go after it, let's share it, and give the world one improved person at a time.