Wisdom and power – In reality I can only change myself

The world we live in is quite large, separated by that which we perceive, and all the things that exist beyond our perceptions that interact peripherally to create the planet we call home. The universe in which this planet exists is even vaster. So vast that it is hard to comprehend how truly large it actually is.

The amount of energy required to make a subtle but pervading change to the whole universe is as infinite at the universe is. Even if the universe is finite, the energy requirement to modify a small pervasive thing is so much beyond our imaginations that we may as well call it impossible.

Attempting to make a pervasive change to the Earth is also far beyond my power. I can no more change the average gravity, change the time of the tides or make more time in each day than I can change the universe. It is just more than I or any other person can do. Even if it could be done, do we truly understand the consequences of what it is we achieve?

The power of my actions are singularly small, so the changes that I can make, despite all my efforts and all of my will are small. The larger the area that I attempt to affect, the greater the area that power is applied to, giving a smaller change per area average. So if I want to affect a great change, I must make that change to a small area.

Let us pretend that I was instantly teleported nakedly to another Earth like world with no sentient beings. Try not to get stuck on the naked part. I have no equipment and no society to fall back on. Is it possible for me to build a road across the continent? Is it possible for me to build a large damn and elicit hydroelectric power from it? Is it possible for me to make a computer such as I use to make calls from? Generally the answer will be no. The amount of change I can make on this new planet is minimal because my ability to make external changes is small.

The smallest most immediate area that I change is me. By will power alone I can actually change nothing. Only by adding action to my will can I effect change. Vice versa, action alone cannot make the changes that I want. Only by combining my will to my actions does the change become mine, and only by combining these two – will and action – can I affect change.

Like a complex fall of dominos can the change I create in myself inspire others to also change themselves, leading to a combined large effect. With many hands can I create a road across a continent; with many hands can I build a damn; or a portable computer.

If my will and action are aimed at changing many people, then the focus is poor and my chances of success are lousy. If I aim to change me such that I become something which inspires others, then I am closer to success.

For me, the greatest change is the will and action that makes me into what I consider to be good and practical for now and the future. If others are inspired by that, then well and good, and if they are not, then it makes no difference. My idea of good and practical may be different from yours and I should not expect you to blindly follow my lead. My goal for change is me, not you.

Perhaps there is some entity that has infinite power who can change things en-mass simply and easily. Asking such an entity to create a change on my behalf might work. I do not believe that I have the wisdom to understand the consequences of what I ask. My level of wisdom is now far exceeded by the power that I can influence. Many leaders have gained power to influence beyond their wisdom to choose and understand with devastating consequences. Perhaps such an entity would read the intent of my request and find a way to make the change such that there were no unintended ill consequences. I would wonder how much of what has occurred is because I have done it, rather than a powerful parent doing it for me.

Any changes that such a powerful entity performed on my behalf would not be mine, it would be theirs. I may be the domino that initially triggered the change, but I would not be the owner of that change. There would be a level of shared responsibility for the consequence, but my share would be minimal as the change that I made was minimal unless the entity had power and no wisdom, in which case I have really stumbled on a way to have super powers. The will was mine, the action I made was direct and the consequence was huge, even if I used a tool to acquire it. Such is the way with a gun or car. The gun or car is not evil or faulty, the user who knowingly uses it poorly is.

In summary, my level of power is small, which is good as my wisdom is small. My goal is to change myself to better suit my environment and indirectly that will change my environment to better suit myself. By combining my will and my actions, I can make these changes. My changes my trigger many others, but so long as these others are directed by wise people, they are responsible for what they do, not I. If I lead blind masses, then I am responsible and I hope that my wisdom matches my power.