The idea seems simple: A Better World starts with a Better Me.
I recently came across the Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev who believed that people change the world around them with the personal choices they make. Individual human action reverberates outward and touches people in ways we can’t expect nor perceive.
“Bread for myself is a material question,” he wrote. “Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual question.”
You might also have heard about the “Butterfly Effect”. Maybe even watched the movie named after it.
The Butterfly Effect grants the power to cause a hurricane in China to a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico. It may take a very long time, but the connection is real. If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, the hurricane would not have happened.
This counts for every action we take and every thought we think. Every single being in this world effects one another in ways we can’t even imagine. Knowing this makes it clear, to create a better future for all of us, we have to start with the individual. With ourselves.
Over the last years I’ve been a big investor in my own self-development. But I wasn’t always like that. I only started to value my own self-development after I left my comfort zone in Germany behind to travel the African continent in 2012. This choice truly has been the best decision of my life, and I have never looked back. Experiencing the world and meeting incredible people has made me grow tremendously. Seeing for myself the reality of life alternative to my own, different from my upbringing, value systems, and intentions, has lead me on a path to consciously question what motivates us and our decisions. Once I realized how incredible “the other side” was, I tried to understand what made me take this path. What unleashed my mind to think and live consciously.