Someone recently asked me what would be the biggest change on the planet if we all felt good about ourselves. At first, I thought about all the forms of suffering and negativity that exist today … war, terrorism, murder, abuse, bullying, cancer, poverty, discrimination, corruption, exploitation, greed, etc … and then it suddenly struck me … there would be more kindness!
When people feel good about themselves, they are kind, and when you are living in kindness, you don’t create war. You don’t terrorize, murder, abuse, bully or commit any other act of unkindness. You live with love, compassion, gratitude and cooperation.
So what does this have to do with Russell Brand. Brand is the gifted and quite funny British comedian who is calling for a revolution. In a recent interview with British journalist Jeremy Paxman, Brand says that governments and corporations (the people in power) are destroying the planet and creating huge economic disparity because they are only really interested in serving the elite (hard to argue with this). Brand encourages everyone to at least stop voting because to do so is to be complicit with the current corrupt (my word) system.
While this is not a bad place to start the revolution, it’s not the solution. The solution is to change the way people on this planet feel about themselves. When people feel lovable, worthy, good enough and empowered, they don’t mistreat others. They don’t allow anyone to suffer and they don’t destroy the planet! And how do we help people to feel good about themselves? To answer this question we need look no further than one of the subjects of Russell Brand’s current Messiah Complex stand-up comedy show … Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi, leader of the quiet revolution in India, said, ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world!’
If you want to see more kindness on the planet, be kind! It’s that simple! If there was more kindness, we would feel better about ourselves, and we would take better care of the planet and each other.
We can also raise our children to feel good about themselves so that at least if we can’t create the change we need, perhaps the next generation can.
It’s good that celebrities like Russell Brand, Bono, Ted Danson and Leonardo DiCaprio are getting involved in making the world a better place, but we can’t just leave it to them. We must all participate.
Have an awesomely revolutionary day!