If we are deeply interested to know how we got here, we must not accept what we are told, or pass our opinions on to other people, as if they are absolute truths. We must use our minds to investigate, and in thatdeep investigation, we may find what we are looking for.
Life is small stepsLife is not absolute. Life is a process.
I wrote in the introduction to the book that nothing I write is absolute truth nor to be blindly followed; andthat this book is not the final word in being human. In the process that is my life, I have reached a stagewhere I want to make my small contribution to the future, and it may be that in several years, or eventomorrow, someone will write a book that is more advanced than I could ever hope or dream to be. That isevolution; that is the advancement of our human civilisation. Taking small steps, progressing in every way.According to evolutionary theorists, the state of the world today may well be addressed sometime in thefuture, by natural selection, and that all the wrongs will be righted, by mother nature herself. And for thecreation theorists, it may well be that god has a grand design for everything, happy to let the world carry onas it is, until he feels it is time to intervene. But if you believed either of them, you wouldn’t be You. Youwouldn’t be the magnificent, amazing collection of atoms that you are. You wouldn’t be human. BecauseMan now has control of his own destiny, and that of the planet. We have the power in our minds, to create or to destroy.Although it would be nice to think that god, or nature, will make it all better, and we will all start beinggradually nice to each other over the next 250,000 years, I think we have to face facts, that although smallsteps are what has allowed us to progress to where we are today, we have come to a crucial stage in our development as a human race, where we can’t wait for evolution or god to help.We need to intervene. We need to take a big step, and that step, I would like to call a shift. A shift inthinking. And with that shift comes action: Immediate action. We don’t have to wait to see the results in tenyears or fifty years. We will start to see the changes filter through the world immediately. Can you imagineit? A more compassionate, loving, sustainable world for all who live here. For me and you and for all futuregenerations...I’m sure most of you reading this might say, “Well, it would be nice if something good happened, andthere is suddenly no more hate, greed, poverty, hunger, or war, but it’s not going to happen, these problemshave been around long before me, and will probably be around for thousands of years after me. It’s justhuman nature; you’ve just got to do the best you can.” And there are millions who would agree with you.“We don’t want the world to be a bad place to live in, but what can we do?”Most people see the problems of the world as too huge to take on and deal with, but the problems are notwith the world, they are rooted firmly in the minds of the individual. Each and everyone of us. Me, you, thethief, the warlord, the soldier, the politician, the factory worker, the office manager, the florist, the greengrocer, the supermarket shelf stacker, the serial killer, the arsonist, the teacher, the parent and the child. Weare all individuals, with individual thinking, able to change.We all talk of wanting to change something about ourselves, but we see it as a long process, not assomething that is effective immediately. It’s not the change itself which takes time, it is the time we take toget to the point of wanting to change! It is by starting to notice things about ourselves we do not particularlylike or want to improve, that gives us the impetus to change.
A shift in thinking
Let’s go into this a little more deeply together, shall we? We have said that change in the individual mind isan instantaneous process, after we have made the decision to change something about ourselves. Right now,many of you will be saying “I’d like to, but it’s difficult” or “why should I change,” but it is only the mind’sresistance to the change that is making it difficult.Take driving to work as an easy example. You inform yourself about the harm the motor car is doing tothe planet, and you decide not to use the car every day to go to work. Instead, for one day a week, you use public transport, cycle or walk. It’s a nice idea. It gets you out in the fresh air, you are responsible for less pollution, less petroleum consumption, less traffic, less stress. Hey! You’re really doing a great thing! That isuntil the helpful brain steps in.“What if it’s raining? I’ll get wet, and it’s a real pain walking to the bus stop, and it’s quite expensive, and