Beyond Self-Expression, Beyond Activism

It seems that everyone and their dog has some idea of how the world ought to be. It’s a favorite armchair topic that many of us have, over a couple of latte’s…or beers…with our dearest friends and family.

We enjoy arguing how we should be environmentally conscious, with more peace, less crime, greater income, and no more discrimination, amongst people. We fight that people should stand up for their rights, take ownership of themselves, voice their opinions, and take an active stance in support of a needed cause.

So where does that leave us, after having the discussion?

Does it lead to us sharing further, on Facebook, Twitter, or blogs (like the one I’m writing now)? Does it lead us to feeling clear, refreshed, having vented our frustrations with the world? Does the world now respond by saying yes, this is how it ought to be..and we all start making a shift?

Is it just by announcing our views on how things ought to be, we’ve done our civic duty and fulfilled our personal responsibility?

Or is there something else we need to do.

Well for one, I will say that the ability to express our perspective is crucial to not just informing and inspiring others but reifying our own conviction within ourselves. Self-expression in its pure form is good — whether it be directly through spoken word, or through a variety of channels like writing, art, music, and theater. It might even lead to proactive efforts like protests, campaigns, and activism.

But that’s not enough. The most important element awaits. This element is that our own mind being transformed through our ideal. Our own prejudices and perceptions need to be transformed by our ideal. We need to actually see our ideal manifested in how we see things.

The world is transformed not by simply talking about ideals, and not by simply doing things about it, but by actually allowing ourselves to perceive these ideals in our world. The world is, after all, a manifestation of our own perceptions.

When this happens, we are truly bringing the way things ought to be out of the realm of complaining, judgment, and pretense…into the physical world around us. That’s what many people call The Secret.

Ranjeeth Thunga
Perspective Analyst

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