A Meaningful Life

Making a Real Difference in Today's World by Matt Ball

Everyone who wants to make the world a better place faces the same challenge: opening people's hearts and minds to new ideas.

Everyone who wants to make the world a better place faces the same challenge: opening people's hearts and minds to new ideas.

Those who are successful in making the world a better place are students of human nature. They understand that each of us is born with a certain intrinsic nature, raised to follow specific beliefs, and taught to hold particular prejudices. Over time, we discover new "truths" and abandon others, altering our attitudes, principles, and values.

Even though we can recognize that our belief system changes over time, at any given point, most of us believe our current opinions are "right" – our convictions well founded, our actions justified. We each want to think we are, at heart, a good person. Even when, years later, we find ourselves reflecting on previously held beliefs with a sense of bemusement (or worse), it rarely occurs to us that we may someday feel the same way toward the attitudes we now hold.

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