Do you think money changed your life?

"Is the world the way you think it is, or can you change it?"

Take a look around! How is the world around you at the moment? All peace, joy, pancakes ?! Or do you think it's stuck somehow? Difficulties in studying? Stress in your private life? No prospect of a job? Will the economy continue to grow like this? What will happen to the refugees? Will terror and war also soon reach Germany? And what about our environment? How do we secure natural resources? Do our children and grandchildren still have enough clean drinking water?

Honestly! If you really walk through the world with open eyes, then there are quite a few challenges that need to be mastered, right? But who is facing these challenges? Who solves all of these problems? Who changes the world we live in?

The others ?! Maybe - but maybe not!

If the great Indian pacifist and independence fighter Mahatma Gandhi had not died almost 70 years ago, then he would certainly have been quoted as dead in the meantime. What Gandhi said was really good:

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

But how will that work? you might ask yourself now. How can I change myself and others?

You don't need to study social sciences or psychology to understand the basic mechanisms of change. If you want to make a change in the world, you have to make a change in people's behavior. The behavior in turn results from personal values ​​and beliefs. So far, probably nothing new. Perhaps you have even worked out your very personal values, the aspects of your life that are really important and valuable to you, in a workshop of some kind. But what about the tenets of belief? Do you know your beliefs too?

Belief principles are so difficult to recognize because we "fundamentally believe" their content - as the name suggests - i.e. we usually do not even consciously question them. What general assumptions do you make every day? Are these assumptions really true?

To illustrate the matter a little more clearly, here are a few often unquestioned beliefs: "I can not do that. I am too fat. I'm ugly. My friend is loyal to me. Dad is my dad. Money makes the world go round. Cancer is incurable. You have to fight to survive. Every man for himself. There is no afterlife. Man is descended from the ape. Our consciousness is a bio-chemical by-product of the brain. "

Our beliefs reflect our very own belief in how the world works. But where do these beliefs come from? From our parents? From school or university? From our friends? From the media? It is quite normal that over time certain assumptions become anchored in each of us without reflection if we constantly receive their content from all sides. If everyone says it like that, it can't be wrong. True to the motto: "Shit has to taste good, because billions of flies can't be wrong."

But sometimes we change our minds again, or do you still believe in the existence of Santa Claus today as you did in the first years of your life? Another often-cited example of a changed worldview is the previously widespread idea that the earth was at the center of the universe. We have also successfully left this geocentric view of the world behind us. Today we know better. So it is entirely possible for both personal and social beliefs to change.

Could we perhaps even find starting points for solving existing problems by critically questioning established beliefs? Or can future challenges sometimes be averted through changed basic assumptions?

In this context, I would like to briefly address a personal example: Of course, I am also currently concerned with the refugee issue in Germany and I must honestly admit that I myself have so far hardly understood how it could come about. What exactly is the war in Syria and the Islamic State (IS) about? What is actually happening in the Middle East and why? No idea! But in any case we are the good guys and the others the bad guys, aren't we? I too have my very own personal beliefs. In this particular case, I began to put some of my unreflective assumptions to the test when I recently read Micheal Lüders' book “Who sows the wind”. Was a certain opinion solidified in me at an early stage without having any further information on the subject?

I am not concerned here with your personal assessment of the current processes with regard to the refugee issue, but rather with making it clear that the addition of new, perhaps even unusual information can basically help you to track down existing principles of belief and, if necessary, to revise them.

I am now setting up a hypothesis that you should of course verify for yourself. The hypothesis is: “Most of the problems and challenges of our day can be traced back to a selfish tenet of belief. We believe that we exist separately from each other and from the environment. That is why we always think of ourselves first. Such conscious and unconscious egocentric thought patterns control our behavior and lead to the world in which we live. "

But what if this separation did not exist to the extent that we assume it? What if our world worked differently than we think it would? There is increasing evidence to support it. All you have to do is look at them and then consider which of your old beliefs should be reconsidered.

Don't forget what a great leverage this can have:

Changed beliefs change people's behavior. Changed behavior changes the world.

You have it in your hand. Get involved!