|From "Earth in the Balance", by Al Gore
||[Feb. 13th, 2004|12:41 am]
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But I believe deeply that true change is possible only when it begins inside the person who is advocating it. Mahatma Gandhi said it well: "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." And a story about Gandhi -- recounted by Craig Schindler and Gary Lapid -- provides a good illustration of how hard it is to "be the change." Gandhi, we are told, was approached one day by a woman who was deeply concerned that her son ate too much sugar. "I am worried about his health," she said. "He respects you very much. Would you be willing to tell him about its harmful effects and suggest he stop eating it?" After reflecting on the request, Gandhi told the woman that he would do as she requested, but asked that she bring her son back in two weeks, no sooner. In two weeks, when the boy and his mother returned, Gandhi spoke with him and suggested that he stop eating sugar. When the boy complied with Gandhi's suggestion, his mother thanked Gandhi extravagantly -- but asked him why he had insisted on the two-week interval. "Because," he replied, "I needed the two weeks to stop eating sugar myself."
... I don't claim any special skill or courage as a seeker of truth, but I'm convinced of one thing: anybody who spends serious time looking hard for the truth about anything has to become more sensitive to the many distractions and distortions that interfere with the task -- whether they are obstacles in the line of sight or inside the searcher.