It doesn't matter what you do, or why you do it, or how many people you are helping with it, or how many tons of CO2 you are cleaning from the lower atmosphere, how much water you can make appear in the desert, or how many millions of trees you plant where there weren't any before. Someone will find a hair in the soup, it is inevitable, we are all human.
Luckily, those 'heroes' of humanity do not much care much for gossip, or destructive criticism, however, those giving money, the donors, if any are involved, they often do care. So it happens that great work is interrupted or stopped, only because some journalists want to make a name for themselves. It all depends how the story is told.
Everyone has an agenda, we need to apply reason and wit, when we try to recognise them.
We must remove the 'curtain' that filters our perception of the world around us, it distorts our view of others and of our environment, the filter which changes and modifies what we see, hear and feel to fit our personal reality.
People like Nelson Mandela, Benazir Bhutto, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Gandhi, Joan of Arc, the Dalai Lama, Hildegard of Bingen, Jesus Christ, Sappho, Lech Walesa and so many others were, are human also. Surely they often failed, or were close to conceding their cause, or they had a meaner side, or maybe they had ulterior motives for their actions, it all doesn't really matter. What does matter is that they saw a wrong in their world, and so they began to combat it as best as they knew how. In hindsight, they did, or they will leave the world, a better place as it was when they first arrived.
"The office of judge may not be obtained for any price and may only be exercised by those who are natives or resident with us.
Any dispute amongst the Confederates shall be settled by the most prudent amongst us, whose decision shall be defended by all."
– Excerpt from the Federal Charter of Switzerland from 1291 (points 4 and 5)
This week I will present you some good projects that are happening, some are charities, others are philanthropists, activists, or even large Corporations on the right path of change.
For now, whether a corporation is doing the right thing in the hopes of gaining 'back' some market share, or to bolster their image, or just out of the good of their 'hearts', won't matter. People do good or bad for their own reasons, that we must accept.
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.” – The Buddha
When we look back throughout our history, the people made changes happen. Often it took decades, or generations, but change has been and will be inevitable.
The Dalai Lama once told the 'Time': "Many communist and authoritarian regimes have changed, including the Soviet Union, not by force but by their own people. China [still has] the same system but much is changing. Freedom of information, religious freedom and freedom of the press are much better. On that level the situation in Tibet is hopeful.
Despite some economic improvement and development, the threats to our cultural heritage, religious freedom and environment are serious. In the countryside, facilities in education and health are very, very poor."
There are so many good people walking the planet, trying to do right by humanity. They are people who are proud to be human, they remember what it means to be human, what it means to be the ruling species on a planet. To be a ruler comes with responsibilities. Let's remember this fact and never forget it.
We are what we set out to be, and what we are willing to learn to become, putting in the effort to change ourself and become the best at BEING ourself.
We've known for a long time.
“Every man, and every body of men on earth, possesses the right of self-government. They receive it with their being from the hand of nature. Individuals exercise it by their single will; collections of men by that of their majority; for the law of the majority is the natural law of every society of men.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
– Leo Tolstoy
I say, Leo Tolstoy wasn't wrong, but he couldn't foresee the future. Today we are ready to help each other change, with tolerance and consideration.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. “ – Charles Darwin
To adapt to change means to change yourself.
Many are leading the way already, get on board now. Stop feeling bad, or like you don't matter, or like we can't change. If you start, we've changed already.
The following is a short list with 'good things happening'. I will summarise these as the week goes on.
First, here is an unlike first solution for the food waste problem.
Make beer from bread waste:
A man from Down Under, who helped transform desert into 200 million trees.
Making water out of the air in the desert:
Helping people grow food on their balcony or rooftop
Beginning to end the food waste problem
Groups and initiatives
And remember, those who make the products you use or consume, have the same rights a you ask for yourself and YOUR family.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable Rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”
– Thomas Jefferson, United States Of America Declaration of Independence 1776
Have a great and inspired week, go surprise your neighbour...