it's easy to want to fix the world, isn't it? After
all, there's so much that needs fixing, so much poverty to
eliminate, so much pollution to clean up, so much strife
to calm. But is it really our place to want to fix
up a world that we can't see truly? After all, this
world of ours is an incredibly vast, extremely old planet
that hides from us much more than our limited vision
allows us to see. This world works on its own terms,
and it seems pretty clear that much of the discord in the
world occurs because people simply aren't willing to let
the world be the world--to accept it as it is and try to
harmonize, to cooperate with it.
people we like to fix things. But once we start
trying to do so, we no longer are modeling the behavior
that's opposite of what we're trying to fix--we're now
modeling anti-whatever behavior. For example, Mother
Teresa said that she'd never be a part of an anti-war
demonstration; she would, however, take place in a
pro-peace demonstration. This attitude illustrates
the difference between wanting to fix things and wanting
to add something positive to the world.
world's in fine shape, except for some of the damage that
we've done to it. And we would accomplish much more
if we were to embrace the notion of modeling behavior that
will embrace the world and treat it well so that it can
continue to exist on its own terms. Modeling this
perspective will allow us to contribute something positive
to the world rather than trying to find flaws and
eliminate them. Flaws will go away on their own as
we improve the ways that we treat the world, and that sort
of treatment must start with each of us as individuals.
is a beautiful word, and it would be a wonderful thing to
share with this beautiful world of ours.