The Manifesto is incredible because it it gives one single-minded powerful first step in how to make the world a better place. It does not tell me to “drink tap water” or “give to charity” or “save the rainforest”. It does not burden me with guilt or shame for my current behavior (I fly a lot). Instead it tells me to look in the mirror and to begin taking myself seriously. As a human. Do the things I care about. Enjoy the last bite. Share my passion with others.
It is hedonistic sustainability. Making the world better does not start with fixing someone else. It starts with fixing me. That is the first step. That is what the Manifesto reminds me to do.
These are incredibly wise words. With the proliferation of social media, it’s easy to say, “Look at me!” / “Support my cause!” / “You should do it this way!” / etc. etc.
While it’s OK to announce to the world what other people should care about, looking at people’s attention as “media properties” that needs to be “acquired” certainly seems dehumanizing and won’t inspire someone to care about your needs.
I’m all about social entrepreneurship and using market principles to bring about positive change in the world, but do I feel like sometimes, I’m just thrusting my views upon the world to get people to buy into the idea? I certainly do.
I love how Mathias phrased his take on the Holstee Manifesto. It’s about living meaningfully and being true to yourself. It’s pursuing what you care about and giving your dreams a chance to succeed. According to that view, what social media enables is to show the world that you walk the talk - that your words are not empty and you are living your passions.
So find meaning in your life and live it.
(I need to remind myself on this more.)
- Reblogged from My Life