Many people see injustice in the world and vigorously seek to remedy it. They travel to far away distant lands to right some of the myriad wrongs daily committed. While this is certainly commendable, I believe there is a far better way to improve the world. It is far easier to direct, command, and micro-manage other people. It is far easier to tell them how they should live their lives according to our provincial understanding of their experience. It is far more difficult to recognize the faults and imperfections in one’s own character and strive to remedy that. If you truly want to improve the world, present it with one thoroughly improved unit, yourself. Do not ask that others emulate your life, rather endeavor to live a life worthy of emulation. People recognize value when they see it.
Life is bristling with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one’s garden.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.