- I am writing this post for the explicit benefit of misguided philosophers.
It is said that, if you want to change the world, you need to change yourself. Change yourself internally so that the external, material world would appear different.
This philosophy was debunked by Yuval Noah Harari in his book “Sapiens”. According to Yuval, this idea about changing the internal world to change the outer world is picked by libertarians from Buddhism. He further says that libertareans has turned the idea on its head.
He cites the example of a boy sitting by beach playing with the waves. The boy wants only the perfect wave to come to him, so with his hands he is trying to break the imperfect waves. After a while the boy is tired and just sits there with the waves.
This is a metaphor for thoughts. If we try to get only good thoughts and avoid the bad ones. It doesn’t mean we are going to be happy. In Buddhism he says the idea is not to get involved with the thoughts (good or bad) but like the waves it will come and go.
I always hated it when someone told me to change myself. Now I can say Fuck you to that person.