Be the change you want to see in the world
Given the results of the election, I’ve been grappling with the question on what more should I be doing to bring the change I want to see in the world. Although, I think it is important to organize, protest, and advocate I believe it is equally important to look into our own lives and evaluate what we’re projecting into the world.
Although we place the onus on our leaders to create a functioning society – we can’t abstain from our responsibility as members of this collective community. The ethics and values a society holds to be true are just a culmination of each person’s ethics and values. Therefore, as members of this body we have a responsibility to ensure our beliefs are in line with the ethics and values of the society we want to create.
I’ve been personally annoyed by the disrespectful, divisive, racist rhetoric & culture created in this election cycle. However, it is unfair to pin the blame on simply one person or party, I also have to be honest with myself to see that in my life there have been times where I too have harbored disrespectful, divisive, and embarrassingly racist thoughts.
Although, I do believe the president elect wields a lot of power to dictate the values of our society, I can’t abstain from my responsibility as a citizen. Each moment we radiate our beliefs into the communities we live in. We may not be able to bring the grand change across America, but in each moment we can ensure our thoughts and actions are in line with the love & inclusiveness we hold to be true.
You may not have the time or energy to organize and protest for the policies you believe in. But if you were turned off by this election and are thinking about what more you could be doing – start with the simplest thing that you can tackle in this moment: your state of being. Ensure you are projecting out into the world beliefs that are in line with your values no matter how insignificant this action may seem to you.
Idealistic? Maybe…but just maybe this is the greatest good that could come out of this event, a cultural transformation towards love, compassion, and empathy – a recognition of the oneness that unites us all. No demagogue could control an electorate functioning out of love as opposed to hate & fear – no matter what policies he may try to enact.