CHANGE IS INEVITABLE!

The current affairs and the protesters behind Occupy Wall Street have made me to write a few words on ‘Change’!.

In my opinion what we are witnessing is stepping into level two in the intensity levels of need for change and most probably it will soon get into the third level, which is component for a sort of revolution!

Let us look at the levels in turn:

Change is a relation between what come prior to the change (the old) and what comes after it (the new); or it can be the other way round. The difference in the levels reflects whether the new comes before the old or after it.

As we develop and progress throughout life, it is often necessary for us to change some of our attitudes in order to adjust ourselves into changing circumstances.

Attitudes can be changed either by experiencing different consequences of established behaviour, for example, if we find ourselves in a new situation, or by changing our beliefs.  In every society, within the process of personal development and progress there are three levels of change. These psychological levels are those of beliefs, attitudes, and traits.

1 – Change of beliefs: This form of change is comparatively a moderate one. It is concentrated in change of beliefs; therefore, it is ‘mind’ centered. Since this form of change is relatively mild, neither the individual nor society experiences much depth of psychological pain and sorrow during the course of change. This level is the component for Political Reform!

2 – Change of attitudes: This form of change is a comparatively major one, which is quite difficult to undergo. It reflects the attainment of awareness and required understanding of the core needs for change. This is the way to clarifying problems and often the two factors of ‘feelings’ and ‘emotions’ play important roles here. Since this form of change is a major one, both the individual and society will experience pain and sorrow that is deep and extensive. This level is the component for a Political Rebellion!

3 – Change of traits: This is comparatively much deeper and relates to ‘motivation’. For example, a person who is obsessed with power and money, is unlikely to respect anyone who is weaker and less fortunate than themselves; in order to develop respect for others, the obsession with power has to fade in importance first. In this example, the motivation has become the desire for power, and ‘respect’ is the trait, which is lacking.

In a changing world, in order to find psychological balance in such matters, socially-centered idealist people need to develop traits of individuality, and the individual idealist needs to develop traits of social concern. Since in such situations people feel pain and sorrow due to lack or absence of ‘will power’, they most probably tend to join forces by sharing beliefs and supporting one another’s attitude for their common cause to establish change. This level is the component for a Political Revolution!

Let us not forget that the main factors of Change are ‘feeling’, ‘beliefs’ and ‘traits’, which are all connected to the “willpower”.

And the will of people is quite simple: a different ‘trait’, “a fair trait”. It all began from a simple march (an expression of reform) went on to use of pepper spray and mass arrests (an indication of rebellion) and now spreading worldwide (igniting a massive revolution).

Change is inevitable!

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