Every time I hear the concept of ‘changing the world’ it always made me sick to my stomach.
Why must we change it?
Usually, it is taken in the perspective that it will do good and be a good thing.
Why do you assume that?
I remember when it seemed any change was viewed as good. People would say, “change is good”. Any new invention, or some policy, was always looked at as good. Basically, any change at all was looked at as good. It was a compliment to say, “oh, he’s going to change the world”.
But why must the world be changed?
One reason why I say this is that, at least from my experience, change is not necessarily good. It can be but more often than not it’s not. Change, which may solve some current problems, often only sets the stage for future problems. In effect, it seems ‘change’ is just a temporary fix. That’s why once we change things we have to keep changing things, to solve the problems change caused. Not only that, what will be the problems in the future that change causes today? It’s like a game of Russian roulette . . . who knows what it will produce?
And, besides, what’s so great about all the ‘stuff’ that has changed the world anyways? Has it really been that great? Are we any better?
I don’t think so.
I don’t think humanity is really much better as a result of change. Sure, there are good points, but look at all the bad that’s also been caused. Change is overrated.
The need to change, which is particularly seen in the West it seems, seems to come from a general unhappiness about life. They need change because they are unhappy about how life is. Sometimes, I think all this unhappiness is a result of Christianity, which taught life is misery. It created in our culture a miserable wretched way about looking at the world. When Christianity failed, particularly in the 1700’s, it was like everyone wanted to counter react it with ‘optimism’, progress, and the want of change. It got to the point that any change was ‘good’, regardless of what it was or its consequences.
Because change is new and creates new things it can be mesmorizing and, in a way, addicting. It gives the illusion of ‘movement’ in life, as if we are somehow ‘moving’ to something better. In reality, we haven’t moved at all. There are just different things to deal with.
I’ve also felt that, because of the way of things, we are now all enslaved by change. It doesn’t matter what happens we don’t have a choice. If an invention, for example, takes control we have no choice. We also have no control over its effects. Take the atomic bomb. Once it came there was nothing you could do. It seems that change, nowadays, is something that reveals our helplessness to life. It only shows how we cannot control things. Change is fine, if you agree with it, but what if you don’t agree?
Changing the world has also done nothing but destroy peoples culture and beliefs and life as well. It’s thrown whole peoples of the world in an uproar . . . unnecessarily. Why must people be changed? Why must societies be altered? This weird desire to change the world has much origin to the missionary movement of Christianity. It was the Christians who sought to ‘change the world’ first. They brought this mentality into our culture that continues to this day. It always has this uncanny knack at being a change to our way of thinking. Isn’t that interesting?
I’m not saying that all change is bad. That’s not true. We all need change in life . . . but that’s on a human level. Change, nowadays, is not on a human level. Things change so fast that between parent and child there can such a big chasm that they can’t even relate to one another.
And, so, what is the big deal about change and why should we try to change the world?