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Rohan Ravi

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What if everyone believed that they could change the world?

I know most people think that what can one person do to change the whole world unless that one person had extraordinary characteristics. But what if everyone believed that they could change the world in some small way. All of those small changes would make a big change in the world.

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    Jul 16 2011: Even if everybody on this planet believes she/he could change the world, if they don't act on this belief, nothing will change.
    Usually, the problem is not the lack of belief. I think everybody believes that using your car less would contribute to less pollution. I also think it's obvious to most people that 1000 people driving less is better than 10 people. Yet, the problem is the lack of proper action.
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      Jul 16 2011: Hmm yes this is a very interesting debate. I've often wondered how me saving water or electricity is effecting the world. And to be honest i don't know if that really makes a difference. But what i do think makes a difference is like you said when we act on our highest motivations, there is a field that begins to form around us, that creates others to act in the same way we are acting. So in that sense we are actually changing the world.
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        Jul 16 2011: Hi Rohan, think about it this way:
        What do you think influences a person more a) somebody with a good idea or b) somebody who has a good idea and actually applies this idea, hence giving an example ?
        Gandhi already said: "Be the change that you want to see in the world."

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