Making a Difference

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

~ Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall with orphaned chimpanzee

This reminds me of the Cherokee legend of the grandfather who tells his grandson about the two wolves who fight within all of our minds. He says, “One wolf is vengeful, angry and violent; the other is loving and compassionate. They fight constantly to determine who will gain control. The grandson asks which wolf will win and the grandfather says, “The one you feed.”

Another favorite quote from Jane Goodall: “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”

Jane Morris Goodall is a British primatologist and anthropologist. Born in London in 1934, she traveled to Tanzania in 1960 to work with wild chimpanzees. Armed with a notebook, binoculars and a curious mind, Goodall spent the next 60 years studying chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Her research transformed our understanding of primates and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. This year, at 86 years old, she has promised to plant five million trees as part of the United Nations Environmental Program. 

New Solutions

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” 

~ Albert Einstein

In the future we will need to come up with solutions to problems that have never before existed on this planet. We’ll need to keep our minds open and alert. It won’t be easy.

Another couple of my favorite Einstein quotes:

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

“ I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.”

Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879 and died in the U.S. in 1955. He developed the Theory of Relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.

We can make a difference

It’s long been my philosophy that every little thing we do, whether “good” or “bad”, changes the world. How could it not? It’s karma – whether on a personal or global scale, our actions have consequences. This blog will be a collection of quotes (hopefully one per day) from the famous and not so famous on the subject of how each of us can work to change the world. It doesn’t look like our leaders are up to the task of making the world a more livable place; we are going to have to do it ourselves. I hope this blog will serve as inspiration to those who try to, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “be the change you want to see in the world.”