Choose your Battles. Break the Cycle

Humanity. What does it mean to be human? We push and we push and we push, and yet we seem to be getting nowhere. Why do we follow the same patterns that we did 20 years ago? Sure, our technology is getting better and better and better, but what about the state of our hearts? There’s still poverty. There’s still murder. There’s still hate. There’s still the need for prisons. Can the cycle be broken? I hope so.

Breaking the cycle is tough. People have to want to break it. It brings to mind an interesting phrase, one which I hear a decent amount:

“You’ve gotta have a gotta wanna.”

Basically you’ve got to have something which you’re working towards. If you don’t have that thing which you’re working towards then you are subject to everything else. You will never move away from square one if you don’t figure out what your end goal is. The same applies to breaking the cycle that humanity has. It’s something which I’ve mentioned earlier. If we don’t take the first step, then we can’t complain if nothing is changing.

Be sure to choose your battles. It’s all well and good to go out and try to change the world by protesting, yelling, and screaming, but if nothing changes then you wasted your battle. Get the people whose minds you are trying to change to respect you first and then they’ll be willing to listen to you when you protest. If you don’t respect them, then don’t expect them to respect your views.

You can’t change someone whose mind is already made up. This once again falls into the region of choosing your battles. If they don’t respect your ideas then you are within your rights to back off and leave them to it. If you get embroiled in a pointless argument then you’re just giving them exactly what they want.

If you want to break the cycle then start with yourself. If you give into the pointless argument then you’re just feeding into the cycle. Start with yourself. Look at what you’re doing, and then change it. The best way to change the world is to start with yourself.

Once you understand what makes you tick, then you can better understand someone else’s perspective. This is what it means to be human. Humanity is understanding someone else’s needs and being willing to sacrifice your own desires for another. The cycle only starts with selfishness. It is not easy to be unselfish, because the other aspect of humanity comes into play. Life is full of grey areas. I wish it could be black and white, but it’s not. So let’s start breaking the cycle by recognising our own problems. Let’s change the world.

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