Sunday, October 19, 2008

治身平天下 - Improve Self for Peace Under the Sky


Reader Post by Jingmai

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to make a change. And no question could been any clearer, if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change” Michael Jackson.

Confucius said it, Ghandi said it, Jebus said it, and so did Michael. Confucius said, 治身平天下 - improve self for peace under the sky. In part of a longer essay, he writes that everyone should improve themselves, if one can succeed in being a good person, they can work to improve their family’s condition. If successful, one works outward to include their community, then their country, eventually creating a peaceful world. But anyone out there who says that they have gotten past family or even self has their head up their ass. Look at America, riddled with problems, kids can’t read, bums everywhere, failing social security and healthcare systems… yet we deem ourselves worthy to police the world and protect other nations from themselves. On smaller levels, we all are guilty of this; it is easier to face another’s demons then your own. But if everyone just tried to be the best person they could be, while I don’t necessarily agree there could ever exist world peace, the world would surely be a better place.

So look inward, assess yourself fairly, what are you guilty of? Take responsibility for your actions and create positive change in your life. Obama has become a popular embodiment of for change and hope for a better future, but it is important to remember that each individual has just as much responsibility to be a force of positive change as Obama or McCain. If you truly believe in a better future, then be that better future.

Video: Micheal Jackson - Man in the Mirror

Also, check out these links, which are people trying to make a change, at least in terms of this election:

I AM OBAMA! Photography!

Two Voters

More on this to come!!

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