How Can a Better World Start with Me?

Think of it this way. . .

This quote from Eric Hoffer: “Everyone thinks of changing humanity, but no one thinks of changing himself.” For the most part, many of us probably think we don’t need to change. None-the-less, each of us must take responsibility for ourselves. We may not be able to change the world (at least not all at once), but perhaps we may change a part of it if we only change ourselves (for the better, of course). We can (and do) impact and influence others all the time in our own little corners of the world. We do that with our attitudes, actions, and reactions (others are always watching).

Key, here (for a favorable influence), is a caring attitude and compassionate demeanor. And, to a great degree, your love for others is evidenced by your love for yourself. People who generally don’t like other people are most likely not all that happy with themselves. If they don’t like who they are, they may take out their anger and frustration on others. This principle has always been true, and we are challenged; yea commanded, to love our neighbor as we do ourselves. This isn’t just pop psychology and it’s no small matter. But it only works to our benefit when we practice it.

It may be an awkwardly big factor for some to manifest love for others, but if we want to help make this world a better place, then we need to recognize that what we think of ourselves determines how we view the world, handle relationships, and how we intend to find honest and gratifying success in this life.

Okay, begin with self. Then we change ourselves for the better (be more positive, helpful, courteous and kind, etc.). That’s when we may, indeed, begin to see humanity differently (in good/better ways – at least in our own little corners of the world). After all, what on earth are we doing here for heaven’s sake?!

-John D.

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