Friday, February 25, 2011

The "BE the change" myth

Getting straight to the point - BE the change. A very often used phrase, one that is supposed to be of the tone that makes your point worthwhile. Let me make two small points about it about why it really shouldn't even be a phrase used as seriously.

1) The actual line is WALK THE TALK. The essential difference between the two is that when you walk the talk are simply are living up to your words, something you should be doing anyway. When you say BE THE CHANGE, you are acting in a self righteous mode and trying to push down a point of view down someone's throat insidiously. The problem is the attitude that BE THE CHANGE comes from when it should simply be WALK THE TALK. The idea should be to simply BE.

Biblically, we are not asked to be the change or the difference for the sake of it. We are to simply BE people whose actions match their words in every respect. If and when people dig it, when it is worth them, they will see it. It is not a foreign thing to everybody else for it not to be noticed. It is a universal truth to everyone.

2) The golden rule: You don't BE THE CHANGE to try and change someone aligned to the same polarity. It will only work with someone aligned to another polarity. When you have people who follow the same verses, draw the same inferences and then do extremely opposite things, there is no change you can be to even affect any change. If you be the change, they will predict the exact change that you will be and the exercise will be to no avail. It wasn't really supposed to be of any avail at all. If you were solely trying to be the silent change, you will are underestimating your fellow believers of the same polarity to be idiots, which is not the case. What they profess is alright. It's just their actions that don't match. They are just not using their heads.

A man going on a cross country cycling tour for poverty alleviation doesn't simply ride around the country smiling at people. He probably has messages all over his cycle, newspapers writing about him and talked to people about his cause whenever he stopped for a break. He did very much talk about it.

Mother Teresa, when she saw poverty and did all that she did, did not do it for others to be the change she was being. She did it simply because it was worth her calling and profession. Yes, she did not go out on the town and talk about her actions but her actions were seen. Neither did she ask that alternate Missionaries of Charity-like organisations be founded like she did hers.

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