Change Yourself To Change The World
Let us begin with a quote from Leo Tolstoy.
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Leo Tolstoy wrote that many years ago. Unfortunately, I’m not sure what text of his that is from. Nonetheless, it has been immortalized and will continue to be shared for many generations.
Rightfully so. It is a wonderful quote that illustrates something very fundamental. Change begins with ourselves.
We all know that this world could be better. It is a beautiful world, yes, but there is a lot that must be done.
You know how many people die of malnutrition every year? About 7.5 million people. That’s around 21,000 people a day. Most of those who die of malnutrition are children.
That is unacceptable. Plain and simple. And yet, there is something that we need to ask ourselves?
What can we do to change our lives in order to benefit the lives of those people?
This is an important question to ask. Instead of focusing on this absolutely gargantuan problem, we focus on a much smaller problem. That of changing our own lives to reflect the change we wish to see.
In the case of that problem, we would want to consider a few things. Our consumption habits. What we throw away. And how much waste we produce.
See, here in the United States, we not only consume an incredible amount of natural resources, but, on average, we throw out about 200,000 tons of edible food a day.
The numbers are a bit mixed, but they all say one thing. With all of that food, you could feed hundreds of thousands of people. That’s right. And that is just one day’s worth of food that we are throwing out. Just one day’s worth of food.
In a very unfortunate way, by throwing out all of this food, we are perpetuating that problem.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably an idealist. Maybe you wouldn’t call yourself that, but I bet you have some grand aspirations.
I know that I want to change the world. I want to make it a better place. And I bet that you do, too.
What I’m going to start doing — and I encourage you to do this, too — is looking at those global problems and then asking myself a very specific question.
How can I change myself and my lifestyle to help fix this problem?
That is what I’m going to do. This path may not be for you, but it is a path that you can take.
Before you can change the world, you must change yourself. Global change starts at home.