Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Re-posting: No Impact Man

Becoming your real self to help the world

Recently, I gave a talk in Chattanooga, Tennessee at the Girls Preparatory School. The talk was more or less about how the world is in so much trouble that it needs every sort of talent and passion in order to help it.
In other words, if you care about world problems, you don't have to fit yourself into a mold that is someone else's idea of how to do good. You can figure out how to direct your own particular talents and passions in service of the problems that concern you most.
That's called becoming your real self to help the world.
After the talk, one of the students--Unsa Shafi--wrote to me. Unsa wanted to know how to do that--become her real self to help the world--but in concrete terms. Here is her letter (she gave me permission to post it) and, just in case it's helpful to anyone else, my reply.
To read the rest of the letter and response please CLICK HERE

The reason I re-posted this blog entry from No Impact Man is because I feel very similar to the sentiments expressed by him.  

Everyone has something that is important to them, whether it be the environment, animal rights, children rights, cancer awareness, rape, war crimes etc. None of them are more or less important than the next.  We shouldn't cultivate or accept a culture of guilt or priority ratings; people who care about animals shouldn't be made to think that children rights are more important or visa verse. People who start to care about the environment shouldn't be judged or made to feel guilty for their past life choices (I don't believe there is a 'right' or 'wrong' way to be an environmentalist). 

We are all different and it takes all sorts to make up our beautiful world and equally care about every aspect of it. Following on from No Impact Man, on an extremely fundamental level if someone wants to do good and be of service the paths they can choose to do so are infinite and no one has the right or superiority to tell them what they are doing is right or wrong, worthy or unworthy.

If you want to help make the world a better place in anyway you can, then I'm right there behind you.

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