"Be the change you want to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

Posted by Holland / on 04/28/2011 / 3 Comments



When I watched the video trailer of this lecture by Prof. Sam Richards at Penn State University, I started to think further about Gandhi's quote "Be the change you want to see in the world." I think it's safe to say that the change we are all envisioning is one of peace, so obviously, we must be that peace. (The video also makes it clear why we must do away with borders and make all of the earth's rescources the inheritance of all humankind.)

What impressed me about Prof. Richards is that he showed the great importance of truly placing yourself in another's shoes. Problems between people, organizations and nations many times are the result of, not only a lack of effective communication, but the ability to totally step out of our own shoes and place yourself in the others persons position (which is one aspect of effective communication). I truly believe that if we follow this step, it would greatly increase our efforts towards peace because it is the core of compassion. When you have compassion for another it allows you to stop focusing on who is right or who is wrong, but rather, to work together as people, groups and nations, towards unity.

"As we give the gift of forgiveness we ourselves are healed."

Check out this great definition of what forgiveness is and is not here:


I especially appreciate #3, Reconcilition, as that is what true foregivness can lead to: Two parties coming together in mutual respect.

This is another fantastic article on the topic:


I love point #5: Forgiveness is not weak, cowardly, or a retreat. It is a gift that requires strength and the ability to create transformational change

I made this post because if we are representing a group that is moving forward, towards a peaceful society, it is necessary to be a reflection of that peace ourselves and to understand that it may require diffcult effort on our part and at times go against the learned response of non-forgiveness that is so prevalent in our times. Hopefully, we can all learn to re-wire our brains and the way we think about others in our efforts to better the world.

Many Blessings,



"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."








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  • Camille says:

    Holland what great information here. This is such a difficult thing to live by in our current system. I learned in Moving forward the role environment has in shaping our behavior and what we are surrounded by it is the exact opposite of being selfless and forgiving. For instance the reality shows that are so popular are all about drama and why one person does not like another, and I even hear people at work and other places talking about these people and taking sides when they don't even know them personally! That is just weird. That is why I was so intrigued and drawn to the zeitgeist movement, because when I listened to Jacque and Roxanne and Peter speak I was so impressed with their ability to take themselves out of the "box" and see the real issues we need to deal with... hunger, war, violence, and the list goes on. It is amazing to me that these brilliant minds are interested in helping everyone on earth when they could be pursuing wealth or living to themselves. Hopefully we too can be the change!

    April 30, 2011 at 8:19 AM | Permalink

  • # says:

    thanks for this. i really enjoyed it.

    May 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

  • Holland says:

    Not sure why the two video's I linked in this blog do not actually link...you will have to copy and past them into your address bar to watch. Sorry :(

    May 2, 2011 at 10:33 AM | Permalink


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