It seems that each one of us has some idea of how the world ought to be that people don’t care about. Bickering about what needs to be done in the world is a favorite armchair topic that many of us have, over a couple of latte’s…or beers…with our dearest friends and family.
We enjoy complaining that the world should be more environmentally conscious, have greater peace, experience less crime, enjoy higher income equality, and have no discrimination between castes or races. We shout out that people should stand up for their rights, take ownership of themselves, voice their opinions, and take on an active stance in support of a needed cause.
So where does that leave us, and each other, after having such a discussion?
Does it lead to us to sharing further, on Facebook, Twitter, or blogs (like the one I’m writing now)? Does it lead us to feeling clear, refreshed, having vented our frustrations with the world? Does the world now respond by saying yes, this is how we ought to be..and we all get inspired to make a shift?
Is it just by announcing our views on how things ought to be that we’ve done our civic duty and fulfilled our personal responsibility for the planet?
Or is there something else we need to do?
Well for one, I will say that the ability to express our perspective is crucial to not just informing and inspiring others but reifying our own convictions within ourselves. Self-expression in its pure form is good — whether it be directly through spoken word, or through a variety of channels like writing, art, music, and theater. It might lead to proactive efforts like protests, campaigns, and activism for a deserving cause.
So are we now done? Have we fulfilled our duty?
No, not quite. The most important facet awaits. This facet is that we ensure our own mind is transformed through our ideal. Our own prejudices and our own perceptions are being transformed by our ideal. We are better able to actually see our ideal manifested in life.
We are transforming the world by ensuring our perceptions of the world are transformed as well.
The world is transformed not by simply talking about ideals, and not by simply doing things about it, but by actually allowing ourselves to perceive these ideals within our world. The world is, after all, a reflection of our own perceptions.
When this happens, we are truly bringing the way things ought to be out of the complaining, judgment, and pretense in our conversation…and very much into the physical, tangible world around us.