“The trouble with people is that they’re busy fixing things they
don’t even understand. We’re always fixing things, aren’t we? It
never strikes us that things don’t need to be fixed. They really
don’t. This is a great illumination. They need to be understood.
If you understood them, they’d change.
“Do you want to change the world? How about beginning with yourself? How
about being transformed yourself first? But how do you achieve
that? Through observation. Through understanding. With no
interference or judgment on your part. Because what you judge
you cannot understand.
” . . . A scientist observes the behavior of ants with no
further end in view than to study ants, to learn as much as
possible about them. He has no other aim. He’s not attempting to
train them or get anything out of them. He’s interested in ants,
he wants to learn as much as possible about them. That’s his
attitude. The day you attain a posture like that, you will
experience a miracle.
“You will change—effortlessly, correctly. Change will happen,
you will not have to bring it about. As the life of awareness
settles on your darkness, whatever is evil will disappear.
Whatever is good will be fostered. You will have to experience
that for yourself.”
~ Anthony de Mello, “Awareness”