Sometimes Personal Growth and Social Responsibility Hurt
A comment on my recent article about WalMart got me to thinking. People often refuse to change because it might suck for a little while. That seems like a pretty lame excuse to me, and one that people need to let go of.
I long ago realized that becoming a better person and being socially responsible wasn’t going to be all sunshine and daisies. There are going to be times when it hurts emotionally, physically or in some other way. There are going to be kinks in your lifestyle. Sometimes, things are going to outright suck for a while before they get better. The thing is, you do it anyway because it’s the right thing to do.
A lot of society is stagnant though, and one of the reasons is because they refuse to accept the inconvenience or unpleasantness that may come with change. To use WalMart as an example, boycotting the store in protest would hurt the company and let them know we don’t support what they’re doing. A lot of people won’t bother though, because they’re used to shopping there and it would be inconvenient for them to find somewhere else to shop. Even though the inconvenience is temporary and would be for the greater good, they won’t ruffle their lives over it.
Personal growth is the same thing. It can hurt like hell to look at yourself, accept your flaws and work them out. The steps you need to take to improve your personality or body can be unpleasant. But no matter the temporary nature of that pain or inconvenience, no matter the long-term benefit, many people will refuse to even try. They’d rather stay the same than change for the better and accept the bumps that come with it.
I have learned to accept those bumps along the way. Sometimes things outright blow, but I keep going anyway. I know that my actions benefit myself and the world at large. It makes the inconveniences and issues worthwhile. I will not sit idly when I can take action. Pain and inconvenience be damned, I want to be better and live in a better world. In my experience the benefits are always greater than the losses.