Choosing How to Change the World
These days, there are so many campaigns and efforts to change the world. Which one do you choose? How do you choose?
Hi. This is Aman Motwane. I thought I'd share with you how I came to choose the Program that's behind "Yes, You Can Change the World."
A little while ago, when I was eager to make a difference in the world, but more than a little confused about the abundance of opportunities, I came across this inspiring quote from Mother Teresa —
"Let us not be satisfied with giving money. Money can be got. They need your hearts to love them."
And — "There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread."
This got me thinking — almost all our efforts to change the world are in the form of volunteering, donating, charity, philanthropy or activism. Most of us try to change the world by giving money or food or medicine — even though the biggest disease in the world is "the feeling of being unwanted" ... "the most terrible poverty is the feeling of being unloved" ... and the biggest hunger in the world is to simply be seen.
Why haven't we come together until now to solve the one biggest root cause of the world's problems?
Again, I found enlightenment from Mother Teresa — "It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us."
And — "in the home begins the disruption of peace in the world."
I realized then that everyone is doing a lot of things — raising funds, erecting buildings, attending conferences — but real change won't and can't happen until we learn to raise the funds of love, kindness, understanding and appreciation.
I began to realize that the reason we focus so much on helping people we don't know is because — despite all the talk of love and compassion even from the likes of the Dalai Lama and the Pope and even Oprah — most of us don't really know what love looks like, or even what it feels like.
In case you are convinced that you are one of those rare people who do, consider these questions —
You see, whether we admit it to ourselves or not, our love is very conditional.
- Do you love the people you don't like as much as those you do like?
Do you feel a deep compassion for those who are not nice to you?
And most of us become compassionate only when we think it's necessary. We ration our compassion.
That's why I decided to ignite the "Yes, You Can Change the World" movement.
It is not about preaching love or compassion. It is about each of us seeing what love really looks like and really feels like — and then, each of us practicing it until we start living it as a way of life.
My dream is to spread the movement from person to person and community to community so that we can all finally see real change in this world — in this lifetime.
Thank you for joining us.