Most people have good hearts and would like to see the world transformed into one where love and compassion are the dominant motives, but unfortunately, the world isn't so easily transformed. Hatred, violence and pugnacity are deeply seated in the human psyche, and the evildoing which flows from these sources is strongly resistant to change. So, how might we work to transform the world into a better place? There are many ways to make the world better. Gandhi suggested that "We must become the change we want to see in this world." Jesus counseled us to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." And, the law of karma claims that if we treat others well, our good deeds will return to us. Surely, there is some simple, yet profound wisdom in all of this. The quiet, unassuming example of a good person is often more effective at inducing change than the self-righteous moralist on their soapbox. Perhaps the attempt to transform the world into a better place is more like planting a seed than inducing a wholesale change of heart. And although we don't know which of our kind words or actions will take root and grow in someone else's heart, we should keep on planting those seeds and watering them with the hope that they will grow.And other seeds fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.
R.S.V. Mark 4.8