How does your life represent the changes you want to see in the world?

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    May 30, 2008 3:48 AM GMT
    Gandhi said "We must become the change we want to see in the world."

    We all know people that whine, bi*ch , complain, etc about all kinds of things yet do nothing. Even worse sometimes are those who read a wikipedia page and become the great philosophers of subjects they know nothing about, rambling on about the ignorance of the world but never leaving their computer. Yet beyond these people there is a growing number of people who's lives represent the changes they want to see in the world, these are the people that are out there every day living the changes and making them happen. How does your life represent or reflect the changes you want to see in the world?
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    May 30, 2008 11:21 AM GMT
    I am world peace. I only kick the cat when it claws me. icon_wink.gif
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    May 30, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I want all people in the world to come together in perfect harmonious baldness. So? I shave my head.
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    May 30, 2008 6:12 PM GMT
    I find this a tough thing myself.

    I feel pretty strongly about the environment, and I do what I can to do my part. I don't own a car, I recycle as much paper as possible, I turn out the lights, turn off the computer, try to buy locally (which is very hard to do). But I also travel to Europe or Japan at least once every two years, and I rent a car when I need to, and I go to Starbucks often, creating unnecessary waste because I'm too lazy to carry a mug with me. Even if I do carry a mug, I still get food to go, which creates a lot of waste. Not to mention the fact that it's only me and my partner living in our apartment. There's no economies of scale to be realized by just the two of us in terms of waste reduction.

    I got into a big argument with my aunt about this. She insists that all you can do is try your best to be an example and not go around telling people what to do. Which I think is in line with what Ghandi was thinking.

    So I do my best. Sometimes it's not good enough, sometimes it is. The same applies to everything I do.

    For doing my part to take part in my community, this year I joined a fund raiser that sends physically and mentally challenged kids to camp every summer, giving their parent's a much needed break and giving the kids the chance to experience what other kids experience and to feel normal for awhile.

    I try to be there to those around me, and I try to be patient all the time. The patience is probably the hardest thing to do 'right'. And I'm sure I'm not alone in that icon_smile.gif
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    May 30, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    I rarely use the car and recycle as much as I can. Those are two of my main contributions to lessening my impact on the environment.

    I also pay my fair share of taxes (unlike some people).
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    May 31, 2008 4:07 AM GMT
    This is a wonderful (and rarely expressed) topic, in my opinion.

    I don't want to try to list the positive things I do, but I'll just mention that I do make an effort to put "in my opinion," or "for me" when I state an opinion in the form of a fact.

    OK, one other thing: if someone really bugs me, I try to figure out why rather than just not like the person. Making an effort to understand is so important, in my opinion.

    Charlie
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    May 31, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    Simple! I try to be kind and honest in all things I do.
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    May 31, 2008 9:48 AM GMT
    There is always a smile on my face.
    "Smile and the whole world smiles with you."
    Was it Charlie Chaplin who said that? Whoever it is, is my hero.
    True enough, it only takes one smile to trigger another... like yawning. icon_lol.gif
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    May 31, 2008 10:12 AM GMT
    I hate fighting. Never been into a fight. I guess it's not what I do because it's my character but i just hate it. I try to stop it whnever I can. I'm kind of a pacifist.icon_razz.gif Also I'm usually very optimistic and happy and try to give that to others. icon_lol.gif
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    May 31, 2008 10:53 AM GMT
    Power of example.

    Don't preach. Demonstrate.
    Don't give advice when it's not requested.

    If the knowledge your imparting is not based on your own experience, say so up front.

    There isn't always only one right answer, and as a corollary, what works for me, may not work for you and vice versa.

    Know the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning.

    If you can be a shining example to others, you can always be a horrible warning.