Seth's Ideas On "Changing the World For The Better" ... It helps to read it with your hearts and minds open to the Bigger Picture:
"When you are taught to block your impulses and distrust them, then your organizations become clogged. You are left with vague idealized feelings for wanting to change the world for the better, for example, but you are denied the personal power of your own impulses that would otherwise help direct that idealism by developing your own personal abilities..
You may (have a tendency to) begin to exaggerate the gulf between this 'generalized ideal' and the specific evidences of man's 'greed and corruption' that you see so obviously about you.
You may become outraged, scandalized, or worse, filled with self-righteousness, so that you begin to attack all those with whom you do not agree, 'because you do not know how else to respond to your OWN ideals, or to your OWN good intent.'
The job of making the world better seems impossible, for it appears that you have no power and any small private beneficial actions that you can take seem so puny in contrast to this 'generalized ideal' that you dismiss them sardonically--and so you do not try to use your power constructively.
You do not begin with your own life, with your own job, or with your own associates. What difference can it make to the world if you are a better salesperson, or plumber, or office worker, or car salesman, for Christ's sake!? What can one person do!?
Yet that is precisely where, first of all, you must begin to exert yourselves. There, on your jobs and in your associations, are the places where you intersect with the world. Your impulses directly after the world in those relationships."
"If you do your best in your own life, then you are indeed helping to improve the quality of ALL life...
You DO have the power to change your life and the world for the better, but in doing so you must, again, re-evaluate what your ideals are and the methods that are worthy of them.
__You will not be unkind in the pursuit of your own ideals.__
If you will look upon the world with a sane compassion, with some humor; and if you will look for man's basic good intent.... Then you will find it."