How to make the world a better place
“The key question to keep asking is: are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.”–Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
The perpetual struggle of an individual to achieve greatness in their lifetime is tangible, especially in today’s society. With the ability for anyone to publish & social media platforms available, everyone has an equal opportunity to become the next online sensation. The question is: What will you put your energy into?
In a world stricken by hardship, waking up to bad news is not unfamiliar. Politics, climate change, gender neutrality, criminal practices, worldwide poverty, hunger, war & genocide – these are a few of the issues spread across various media networks, to the point they have become the new norm. It certainly should not be that way. Can the world get better despite the chaos? Can the world get better in our lifetime? That entirely depends on us now!
The individual essentially has self-serving interests, however, because of this self-interested nature, the individual becomes unpredictable when he/she goes beyond the expected norms. We have the ability to immediately act upon instinct, impulse. & our conscience. The only thing stopping us from saving the world is ourselves. We have to first reflect on whether or not a better world is something we would want for ourselves & our posterity. We are all here at this moment in time for a purpose. Finding your passion or mission in life is how & why we choose to spend our time on the things we do. All else is madness that serves the machine.
In an attempt to marry both the individual and the world, a connection must be established between the goals of the former and the latter. We must strive not only to achieve our own personal goals but also that of the world as a whole. The world can live without us, but we cannot live without the world. Here are a few simple steps to start moving in that direction:
Always respond with kindness. Kindness speaks volumes. No matter where you are in the world, good will always permeate through numerous social, political, cultural, and even religious barriers. There is a charm to kindness in that it does not need anything else to speak for it. Simple acts of holding the door for a stranger or gleaning a smile to people you commute with to work. It goes without saying that these acts go a long way.
Walk with purpose & conviction. Say no to division and yes to voluntary unifying ideas. A lot of hatred comes from what we do not understand. Racism and prejudice against other nations & peoples arise from the fact that we do not understand them and we refuse to learn about their cultures. The world is as diverse as it is beautiful, it’s teaming with many cultural peculiarities. Go spend time with people from different countries. Travel the world. Eat it up. Lessen the hate and break the stigma. Read a foreign novel once in a while. Build yourself a mosaic of knowledge and experience.
Maximize opportunities. Focus on the kind of person you want to be and how you are going to get there. Talk to people in the field you’re keen in to learn more about & what skills are required. Read more, learn more. Take a class. Start a career. Hone your craft & gain experience but always keep the world in your heart. Speak more often to the people on the ground to get a better sense of reality. Be increasingly aware of threats and remain conscious of what needs to be done and how you can help. Our goals are big – fight indifference, end genocide, world hunger & poverty, the re-distribution of free energy, monetary, gov. & military reform, – all can be overwhelming. Know that you are not alone. This fight is a fight where all of us are warriors.
Make a difference. Build bridges by collaborating & learning from the expertise of others across culture barriers. Make the best of what you have. Explore the whole spectrum of what drives policy in society today. Fight social injustice and make a transformative change to help the oppressed. Understand your personal value and what you can offer. It is never easy to strive to make a difference but remember that it all starts with a single step.
Creating a better future means keeping your core values strong but carry on with an open mind and an open heart. Always nurture new roots as you build your foundation. We must all work together to make a better tomorrow. Be ambitious in wanting to make the world a better place. Never lose sight of the goals you set for yourself and for the world. Your plans may change over time, but not the goal.
It is going to take time but time is all we have. Learn to live independently with purpose. Much of the problems that plague us originates from our inability to get past the indoctrination & social norms we have known our entire lives. To truly understand, ultimately, ourselves. The moment we work on overcoming the fear of what other people think is the moment we know we are moving on to greater things. Let us choose a world that we want our children to live in.