SOS BOOK - Chapter 1.18 Our personal growth influences others!
We can usually accept that personal growth will benefit an individual. But did you know there are also BENEFITS TO OTHERS AROUND? This extends to the human collective and even our whole Planet! The benefit to Humanity may be much greater than we imagine. We are being of service to others.
Let’s explore how this is possible. People who are positive & loving, spread good influence through their positive interaction. This has an OUTWARD ‘RIPPLE EFFECT’. It also cascades down to other HIDDEN LEVELS OF INTERACTION. Most of these subtle effects we can’t fully comprehend but they are ongoing. They spread out over the entire planet! This is sometimes called ‘THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT’, where small changes in one area (represented as the wing-beats of a butterfly) eventually contributes to a major change or ‘storm’ elsewhere. Our personal change affects not only ourselves but also our community.
IT POTENTIALLY AFFECTS THE ENTIRE WORLD AND ALL HUMANITY.
Another recognized mechanism by which we unknowingly influence others is called ‘THE HUNDREDTH MONKEY EFFECT’. Once a group of animals in one location learn a useful strategy or skill, this somehow is transmitted to others at far distant locations too. Even across the seas!
All these mechanisms of transmission mean that each individual action can potentially have A GREAT CUMULATIVE EFFECT. We can use our special abilities, however small they might initially seem, to contribute to something great or even grand.
OUR OWN SELF DEVELOPMENT IS A SERVICE TO OTHERS.
We shouldn’t look upon personal growth as a selfish activity. This may even be the most valuable community service we can do! The communal effect is also far greater than the individual contribution.
WE CAN AFFECT GREAT WORLD CHANGE, JUST BY CHANGING OURSELVES.
Even making a small positive change in our self helps. WE CHANGE THE WORLD ONE PERSON AT A TIME! It’s us that we must change, not someone else. It’s our personal perspective and our individual behavior that is the driver of world change. Each person’s growth then benefits the collective and the benefit even seems to accumulate at more than a linear rate.
Once A CRITICAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE with a new belief REACHES A THRESHOLD, then the whole community seems more likely to accept change. A GLOBAL PHILOSOPHICAL CHANGE CAN RESULT! An example of this is in the abolition of slavery and in establishing equal rights for women. Scientific studies have shown the critical threshold or number of thought-pioneers required for such change is very small.
This is the next principle and life lesson (No. 56):
OUR INDIVIDUAL INNER-DEVELOPMENT CAN BENEFIT ALL OF HUMANITY
What if a significant proportion of people lived in such a positive way with cooperation, harmony, peace, compassion & love. What a wonderful world it could be! What a potential for paradise on Earth.
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