Power and responsibility, what do they even mean to people anymore? Are those concepts truly understood or valued at all?
I keep thinking about the immensely famous quote, “be the change you want to see in the world…” and how truly ignored and undervalued it is.
Do people know who they want to be or who they are? Do many people even know what they want – and is it even valued enough to be able to pursue it? Unfortunately, the truth is that the average person is not trying to be a leader of change in starting with themselves first. In too many cases it seems people just flat out refuse to grow and change. Never holding themselves accountable for the hurt they constantly cause others – especially behind closed doors.
The predictable behaviour of a ‘responsible person’ has been manipulated and lost since people do not have to hold themselves accountable within their private lives or the public sphere anymore. Especially these days where the ‘most powerful’ among us never seem to pay any consequences for their wrongdoings. That might be why there is such a massive breaking point being felt right now – the generations up to this point and those living by the same rulings and norms won’t bend. They don’t really ask questions, are very rigid with status quo, stubborn to new ideas, live by systemic norms and tend to be stagnant to grow and change with time – so they (and their systems) are cracking and breaking under the pressure.
Change Is Happening – Whether You Notice or Not
Change is inevitable through time and needs to be acknowledged instead of manipulated and lied about. Rather than people being honest about themselves, growth and learning, they try to rewrite history again and again in order to prove that they never changed and their one truth remains. If we were held accountable instead, a sense of responsibility could further develop the character and resilience of each individual. We could encourage a common foundation for moral principles and living that could foster better understanding about ourselves and our purpose. This type of living and culture of independence would foster confidence within each individual as they develop the ability to trust in and rely on themselves, their abilities and their own thinking.
Since we have led a path to give up our power, thoughts, control and abilities to the masses, we have lost our confidence and ability to do for ourselves. Since this became a cultural norm, conforming to the masses became the priority while ostracizing those who want to think and do for themselves. Officially labelling such people and lifestyles as alternative and abnormal, needing to be controlled. Processes like this make us a much more vulnerable group, easily manipulated, taken over and part of the problem as abusers of power.
Asking questions, experimenting, researching, trying and doing are all part and parcel to understanding the environment you’re in and have to survive. Doing all of these things for and by yourself makes you a force to be reckoned with. When you can stand on your own two feet and lead yourself, you can feel confident in your own abilities and the need to be doing it for yourself.
Quoted from GoodReads:
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Now Truly Is The Time To Start
It is time to recognize our power and responsibilities as individual human beings created to survive and to thrive within this world. Time for us to understand, appreciate and respect why nature exists and how we can live with it and learn from it. We need to give up on the arrogant notion that it’s our right as human beings at the top of the food chain to righteously manipulate and defeat our environment.
Take Care of Yourself and Believe in Yourself.
You have certainly endured enough to realize your own power and to be your own person to stand up and speak up for yourself on your own terms. Your differences are supposed to exist to lead you down your own path – we do not all have to agree but we do have to share the space – and thus, we can seek interest in others differences to learn rather than deeming them to be a threat to attack.
Do Not Be Afraid of Your Thoughts or Those Who Are Different
Now is the time to use your mind and your body to think and do for yourself so that others cannot. When you know your own resources, you do not rely on anyone else and you can trust your own instincts and abilities to thrive and to survive by your own means. Focus on being your own means for production, survival and success and you will see your surroundings reflect the same.
Live Your Own Life and Let Others Live Theirs.
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