awaken all of humanity

awaken humanity lao tzu


If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself.
If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.
Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

Lao Tzu


3 thoughts on “awaken all of humanity

    • Yes, a welcome reminder for me as well, in these times when the “world events” seem to be urgently calling for direct participation to help change happen – which is not excluded in what Lao Tzu says, but he places the priorities correctly. Here is one from Gangaji in the same vein:

      “If you investigate the terrible events that are happening all over the world, it’s not difficult to see that those caused by humans begin as reactions to anger and fear, or to deep grief and despair. These events are the result of the same dynamics happening within our own minds. Until we are willing to retreat and to investigate what is truly driving our actions, these individual and collective miseries continue.

      I can sense an urgency in the world to fix the horrors, to do something to help. But these noble efforts are ultimately useless unless each of us is willing to stop adding to suffering by ending the war within ourselves.”

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