Change starts at home…

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi said it, and I’m jumping on the bandwagon. 

It’s a very simplistic idea, (especially since we are talking about how to change the world) but I think it’s application could be the foundation for widespread change. If we want things to change on a global level, we must first fix everything from the ground up. This can be seen in the Broken Windows Theory implemented by Rudy Giuliani in NYC in the 1980s.  By having a 0 tolerance policy for vandalism, subway fare evasion, public urination, and the “squeegee men” (people who would wash your windshield at street corners and demand money), the mayor was able to drastically improve the quality of life for citizens. While this was more based on reducing crime, it does reflect the fact that fixing the smaller issues first can directly result in massive change.

I believe that it is impossible to go out into the world and make monumental changes without first fixing the basics. We can sit around donating millions of dollars to impoverished nations suffering from hunger, but without first fixing infrastructure, eliminating government corruption, and combatting the increasing food prices we will not accomplish anything.

The economy, educational system, and numerous other departments can be remedied by this ground up approach. The best part about this idea is that if every individual across the globe implemented this strategy, real change would occur. We can sit around waiting on the world to change, or we can go out into the world and be that change we so desperately desire. The truth is, it starts at home.


4 thoughts on “Change starts at home…

  1. Is there a difference between simple and simplistic? I think so. Simple is that- simple. Can be very, very good. Simplistic means taking the natural complexity of something and by trying to make it simpler, miss some key elements.

    For example, a simple solution to the problem of gridlock in the senate is to end the filibuster. A simplistic solution is to say that senators should try to be more bipartisan (because they have deep incentives to not be so and the oft-wished-for solution imposes a veneer of being “nice” that seems woefully naive about the conflicts endemic in politics).

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