My biggest lesson in life is nobody knows anything. So yes, Socrates was actually right with his well-known sentence "I know that I know nothing". The lack of humility or the fear to actually be free and be responsible for our own fate is the main barrier towards a sustainable world is my main late insight on game changing barriers so I decided to write a post on responsibility and challenging your perspective and your status quo.
First of all,
- Who are you?
- What defines you?
- Are you your values?
- Are you the opinions others have of you?
- Are you your job?
- Are you your achievements?
- Your degrees?
- Your bank account?
- Your belongings?
- Your skills?
Well, I'm going to leave the question of defining who are you to you because I know nothing. But wait I minute... I know something which can be useful: I am responsible of myself. I am in charge of who I am, what I do, what I feel, who I want to be and how I can try to give the best version of myself everyday. This does not mean everything is under my control and I can't deny life is full of randomness and uncertanty. I just mean you are free to choose between being aware of how you feel and dealing with it when someone yells or hurts or just yelling back and reacting without control (for example). I want a change in the world but the change starts in me and not in my surroundings. I want to have a better and more sustainable world and there are tones of things I can do to achieve that:
- I can stop using bottled water and reuse glass botlles
- I can borrow a book from the library or from a friend instead of buying a new one
- I can donate to a high effective NGO from GiveWell instead of wasting money in overpriced meals at some restaurants
- I can walk instead of having a motorbike
- I can avoid judging people and remembering that we all have our own issues. We all have bad days
- I can be transparent and share my values to lead by example
- I can speak up my mind because not everyone is going to like me but It doesn't matter. There will be people who will like me
- I can I can I can I can I can and I can whatever I want
As Gandhi quoted Be the change you want to see in the world and the first step for that is to be responsible for yourself instead of complaining about your surroundings or blaming a system, a person, your education, a ghost... Choose yourself and be the change you want to see in the world. And this does not mean you need to find your true calling or to hold a Phd in philosophy. You probably have hundreds of true callings and there are so many things you can do that you just need to start. Do your homework whatever homework means to you and please change the world.