I watched Julian Assange's interview with John Humphrey's last night and it prompted me to write.
The part of his interview that I really like is about 20 minutes in when Assange was questioned by Humphrey's regarding his relationship with the world, his response as to the suggestion of him as some sort of a messianic figure (like it was some sort of a crime - which I find ironic since the members of Christian church are forever trying to become more Christlike and even part of the body of Christ). When asked somewhat accusingly 'So you want to change the world?', Assange replied, without any hesitation, 'Absolutely, the world has a lot of problems, the need to be reformed. We only live once and every person who has the ability to do something about it, if they are a person of good character, has the duty to try and fix the problems in the environment which they are in.'
Julian, you are so right, and I couldn't agree with you more. And why should such a belief be ridiculed or looked upon with suspicion?
Some time back in history, I believe maybe in America, economists worked out that in order for everyone to get wealthier, they need to become motivated to own more. And this motivation I believe was instilled into people and grown through use of the media as time went on. The only motivation that people therefore now seem to trust is the motivation to get rich(er). And yet any wise man will tell you that getting rich does not make you happy.
So what does make you happy? It's dead simple - doing good - helping others - fighting for what is right. Honest you don't have to be a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon to work that one out. It may not be easy, and you may get persecuted for it, and you may get little thanks - but deep down when you go to sleep at night you'll have peace, and it is that peace that will give you that deep rooted happiness that we would all like to feel on our death bed. In this interview Julian Assange spoke of that peace which he felt when he was in solitary confinement.
I'm not saying that Assange is perfect - none of us are - but to ultimately act on your conviction to do good, and to do what you are able to right the wrongs in this world, should ultimately be what we are all about. And if we all did keep this motivation clear in our minds, this true purpose of life - wow wouldn't the world would change overnight?
I spent years trying to realise this. I finally worked it out after a mid life crisis just over a year ago - and since then my life changed literally overnight.
Now it is something I try and teach my children. When my daughter asks what career she should be heading towards, I tell her it really doesn't matter, so long as you find a way of using your skills to do the most good you are able in this life - hopefully teaching her this important lesson now whilst she is young will save her a whole lot of mistakes and soul searching in her life and allow her to move on to a fruitful adulthood from the outset.
I recently had a debate with a business man regarding my motivation in life. The question was whether I was motivated by money. I have always been very ambitious - for one reason or another, maybe instilled in me from my father's teaching or maybe something I was born with, who knows? - and with ambition comes the desire to get rich as it is proof of one's ability in your career - yet I found that there was a conflict between materialism and altruism which stopped me moving forward with any conviction. Now I am sure of my motivation and priorities this is no longer an issue - getting rich gives one more power and therefore the ability to do greater good - so I can fit in the business motivation quite comfortably in align (yet always behind) the motivation to do good and move forward in business with the peace and conviction I was always looking for.
I figure the ultimate motivation to do good, to right the wrongs in this world, is one that we should all be recognising, living, and teaching our children. We should stop looking at those who already have realised this value with suspicion. The motivation to do good I believe would move money around in a new direction, and ensure a new vibrant economy, and a secure future for our children - a new world order to replace the materialistic world in which we currently live. Not only that, but having the ultimate motivation to change the world and do good is so much more exciting than trying to get rich - honest, it works for me, you should try it!
I believe people around the world are starting to realise this - largely in part to the new lines of communications we have via the Internet - as truth gets out, as the Bible states, it is that truth that sets us free. An exciting time in which I am glad to be living.