I recently had a conversation about how to live according to our principles. We may want to patronize local businesses, be environmentally aware, refrain from supporting corporate exploitation and eat organic food, but is that realistic? Only if we meet ourselves where we are. That is, only if we realize that it is OK just to do what we can – we don’t have to be perfect.
Living in our contemporary society, it is difficult not to contribute to something we don’t necessarily believe in, even if it’s only in a small way. But we do as much as we can to live according to our principles, because the alternative is to lead a thoughtless life. We don’t have to be perfect to live consciously, we just have to do what we honestly can.
Furthermore, this is how social change happens. It starts with our own lives. If we make conscious decisions whenever we can that support our principles, that encourages others to do the same. And pretty soon, there’s a movement. We’re not infallible, but if we truly do our best, that is significant. We cannot expect to create genuine social change if we don’t walk the walk – but it’s OK if we trip every now and then.