In an article about purpose and resetting life, I wrote that I was going to change the world.
I worked hard and got top grades because I was going to change the world. Change the world by day and love the world by night. Geoff, Nut Fed
A recent question inspired me to write this follow-up.
I want to know if you stopped believing that this was possible, or if you still believe it? Friend
- I have not stopped believing in changing the world.
- Getting top grades is meaningless.
- My work, “change by day and love by night”, are one and the same.
1. I have not stopped believing in changing the world.
A friend messaged me privately to agree with words I wrote in an article about community called why I dream of living in a commune. They said they feel it so strongly but felt like they were giving up admitting it.
I do not believe even our most dedicated individual efforts for self-improvement and world change have a large enough impact within the structure and against the momentum of the world as we know it. Geoff, We Learn Love
I explained to the friend who asked if I still believed:
Changing “the” world has become very much more about finding the good people and building community. Geoff
- Step 1, change starts with you.
- Step 2 isn’t changing the world. Step 2 is with your closest friends and family. It’s about community. It’s about depth, not breadth.
- Step 3, breadth will follow meaningful change.
My inspiration is not simply to live an arbitrary life as another drop in the dead sea.
A life worth living does not involve 40 hours a week working for money in a world plagued with loneliness, fear and inaction. A commune is not nearly as extreme as the progress I’d like to see in the world. Love and joyful experience are fundamentally more important than accumulation of material wealth. Let us put ourselves to the most fulfilling possible quest of pioneering the work of being alive and relating to ourselves and each other. Find highest value in relationships as our ultimate means to feeling joyful, alive, and loved. Geoff, We Learn Love
So yes. So very yes. I absolutely believe in changing the world. One life at a time. Starting with my own. Becoming a more compassionate and powerful person every day. Meeting and joining like-minded inspired individuals. Communing in pursuit and practice of our deepest transpersonal visions. Modeling living in love for generations to come.
2. Getting top grades is meaningless.
- Education is important.
- Action is supreme.
For most of us, our best option was to stay in school and get good grades. It’s the best we knew. We’ll see this shift in the next generation. As we shift into the information generation, tuition to physical attend university becomes absurd in comparison to affordable personalized online educations. There’s nothing wrong with the old system except that it’s wasteful.
Everyone who ever said “why do we need to learn this” was saying far more than they could have imagined. The “real world” is so much less about what we learned in grade school than it is about emotional health and interpersonal relationships. Multiplication and geography are not at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.
We do not need to learn war history or anti-racism if we dive straight into humanness, compassion and universal community. We cannot simply put down arms all at once, but trust me no matter how much we shout for it, it will be a slow process. So shout for it, and find your like-minded awakened souls and start exploring your hearts.
Our parents and the generations before us have built this world for us, in war and peace. Theirs is the collective consciousness from which we are born. Their hard work and tough lessons are the reason we stand so comfortable and deep. Take a minute to thank your parents. We have more to be grateful than we could ever comprehend.
3. “Change by day and love by night” are the same.
The work I do for the world is the change I make for love, each and every day. I am as human as anyone else and in some ways maybe a bit worse. The work I do for love starts with myself, managing my sensitivity and expression while continuing to open my mind and heart to new ideas, love and purpose.
I ask that we live in pursuit, grateful for all that we have and always in the action of love and compassion. Gratitude itself is love and relating to this article is an act of compassion. Develop awareness of these not simply as concepts but as living experiences.
Recognize our capacity for choice and change, to exercise perspective and action as though life itself was ultimately a journey toward self-actualization. Recognize your arrogance and the vastness of what you do not know and cannot possibly foresee. Take relief and inspiration in knowing your importance as an element of change.
Forget the fool’s errand of perfecting appearance and hoarding anything as though it were static or ever yours to keep. Yours is this moment and the fundamental point of value is in your experience here and now. You need not the yacht or period at the end of this sentence to feel good now, to reach out and improve someone’s day, and take action towards your highest purpose.
Live deliberately and start now.
You are love. Namaste.