We are living in a very interesting time in history. On the one hand, humanity has come very far in a matter of years; we are achieving things we could not even dream of, and have the tools and instruments to create a harmonious world. And yet on the other hand, we cling to old patterns of thought and behavior that continue to dictate the way our planet is ruled, however badly. In short, humanity is like an adult that refuses to stop acting like a child.
The tendency is to think that big problems require big solutions. Thankfully, that is not the case, and the root cause of many problems requires a relatively simple treatment. The challenge is that this treatment has to be applied regularly. Unfortunately, as healthcare professionals know, humans have quite the unhealthy relationship with compliance!
Thankfully, there seems to be an increasing number of people willing to apply the treatment consistently over a period of time. In the last couple of years, hundreds of neighborhoods and villages around the world have begun working on building a new, healthy community life centered on the Word of God. And after many years of applying the same treatment, they are noticing “how the act of reaching out to touch individual hearts, acquainting souls with the Word of God, and inviting them to contribute to the betterment of society can, in time, tend to the advancement of a people,” as mentioned in the same letter that inspired last week’s post.
So it really is about giving the treatment enough time to work. We have to persevere, as repeating the same act again and again brings us closer to our goal. We need to work on a small, manageable scale to learn the skills and build instruments that will work on a larger scale. And we have to remain hopeful and optimistic, remembering that while it might look like an impossibly big job, counting to one million begins with one.