Saturday, October 24, 2009

Being the Change

In a time when our world seems to be increasingly unstable, those of us who are genuinely concerned about the future of the planet can understandably feel disheartened, and even sometimes feel as though we are losing hope that we will ever see the change we wish for. And yet, the time we are living in offers each one of us an invitation to personal change; an opportunity for the conscious evolution of our selves.

The question is… are we willing to make the changes that are needed?

In the world of social justice causes, intentions may differ, approaches will vary, and perspectives may even be in conflict. And still, with all our differences and disagreements, our passion and our fury, we are united in our desire to make the world a better place.

I'm not suggesting that we should stifle our passion, or even our anger, when it comes to injustice. Passion and justified anger are the antidotes to apathy, and if we have any chance of saving our planet and our future, it is essential that we break the spell of apathy that keeps us in the dangerous slumber of the status quo.

What I am saying is that it is possible to disagree, and to discuss issues where we don't see eye to eye, without resorting to personal attacks or insults that are intended to hurt the recipient. In short, we need to learn how to raise each other up, rather than putting each other down.

Although peace depends on every human being, it starts with us as individuals. If we create peace in our lives, this will be reflected outward.

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