One of the worlds most enduring poets is Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, a Persian sufi mystic who died in the 13th Century. The world remembers him as Rumi.
Rumi is famous for powerful quotes like the one above. And when i saw this on Facebook, i recognized it and took issue with it. I have seen many activist and organizers drop out of political work to pursue spiritual paths or personal growth and the like. This leaves those of us foolish enough to “stay behind” with even more work.
Gandhi’s famous quote is a bridge between these two paths “Be the change you wish to see in the world” [Tho Gandhi probably never said this.] One can even argue that you must start by cleaning up your own stuff, before you can be effective in influence the world. But the world is in desperate need of concerted attention and it is in no way wise to focus on yourself instead.