Sure, they may generate attention. They may even lead to political change or some other major progress. But in both cases and every other case I haven’t mentioned, one person got the ball rolling.
Are you that person?
If not, why not? Seriously, ask yourself why you aren’t doing something about the world you so frequently complain about? If you are doing something, what keeps you complaining, focused on what’s wrong instead of all the great things you’re doing to make it right?
Today one person can have more influence on world events than at any other time in history*. More people are realizing that and staking their claim all over the world. If baffles me then why so many complain about the way things are instead of taking action to resolve the problem they see.
Making change happen is a paradox. It’s at the same time really easy and really hard. It’s easy because you have virtual all the tools you need to create the change you want to see in the world. It’s hard because often, people get in their own way trying to make it happen. That’s the main reason why they fail.
The rationalizations are numerous:
But all the rationalizations boil down to one thing: a misinterpretation of one’s immense influence. Since nearly everyone on the planet is in that state, we end up with huge organizations mired in paralyses of various kinds, reduced to fiefdoms of personality, or made ineffective through infiltration by outside influences, or decision making based that favors offending the least amount of people (which usually means the decision makes little difference).
And yet, every single person in those groups, if in touch with their potential, could on their own generate tremendous results.
The Wizard of Oz is an interesting analogy. I for one can relate to this story. Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man, even Dorothy offers analogies to times in my life where I wish I had the heart, the courage, a brain or the innocence to go beyond my limits. Limits that were self imposed. Only today can I acknowledge the gifts of those times in my life:
A friend used a word I hadn’t heard before to describe people. Human Becomings. I love that. It describes not only the process that we all are, that we all pursue as we grow and expand. It also accurately captures the potential we possess.
Copiosis, once fully-deployed will unleash incredible potential for humanity by offering to human becomings, perhaps for the first time unlimited opportunity in the form of an economy that offers no resistance to your potential. All the food you need, all the medical care, all education, shelter, clothes, productive and engaging work available to you at no cost to you. No debt. Unlimited potential to create value. Of course, you’re unlimited as you are right now. A new economic reality isn’t needed to unleash your potential.
In the future to come, you won’t have the excuse of using external circumstances to play small. Instead, you’ll have to face your own rationalization, whatever it is get over it, then get on with it. “It” being making the world fucking amazing.
Yes, it’s going to be a glorious future indeed.
*This is a lie of course. Human Becomings have always had tremendous potential to influence reality and do every day simply by the thoughts and feelings they hold. It’s just that they do this unconsciously and in that unconsciousness they create by default…as if blind to their actual influence.