“But to tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government. There’s so much talk about the system. And so little understanding.”
― Robert M. Pirsig
So many of us see the need for the world to change. All too often we forget that we are part of the world and so part of the job, perhaps the main part for each of us is to change ourselves. We become more interested in tearing down what doesn’t work rather than create a world that does. Lately I have been trying to change my focus a bit. Taking an example from some of the best visioning and self-development courses I have seen, I have started asking myself a few questions and I invite you to do the same.
If the world were to change tomorrow and become the world of my dreams, what would that look like?
What values does a person who lives in that optimal world hold?
What are they like emotionally, mentally and spiritually?
Am I the personification of a person living in that optimal world?
In what ways do I fall short?
What has to happen for the world to reach that state? How could it get there?
How do I need to change to become that optimal self?
What are the first steps that I can do to become that self?
What are the first steps I can take to bring the world there?
This usually gives me quite a bit to work on. It’s amazing how much harder it is to be the change rather than just say it yet I know its possible.
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