“The way out of the dehumanizing effects of modern capitalism and industrialism is not to change the system but to read good books.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self
“Everyone thinks only of him- or herself, and that is why there is so much contention and discord in our world. If we could just keep our hearts pure, everything would be fine. Do not think that the divine exists high above us in heaven. The divine is right here, within and around us.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba, Budo Secrets
What you do makes a difference. Every action, every choice, every day.
Don’t get it twisted in thinking that you’re just a small fish in a large ocean and that it doesn’t matter what you do – the world will always be the same.
False. Wrong. Lazy thinking.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, motivated individuals can change the world – as it is the only thing that ever has!
Real change has and always will start with an individual, an individual who dares dream of a different world, influences people to join him on the quest to get there, and takes action accordingly.
Easier said than done – but it doesn’t have to be grandiose and insurmountable. It simply has to start with the intention of changing one person.
As the Dalai Lama reminds us, “The suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity; The happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.” Continue reading
“I can focus all my energy on trying to destroy the old world, or I can spend my energy on trying to create a better one.” ~ Sevan Apollo Poetry, Good Men Project
“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” ~ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
“The whole world is inside each person, each being, each object. To know any part of the world deeply, intimately, is to know the whole world. Each of us, then, must find our own particular domain – that little corner of the world in which we can drill for gold. For the acupuncturist it is knowing the body through the language of Chinese medicine. For the painter, it is knowing the world through through paint and the canvas. For the writer, it is knowing the world through words.” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life
“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” ~ Pico Iyer
“One of the best things you can do to improve the world is to improve yourself.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass
“Wallowing in the pain and suffering isn’t going to help anyone, yourself included, any more than starving yourself will help the hungry. If you want to help the world and yourself, keep your frequency high and do your work from a place of power and joy.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass