Changing our mind about what is important changes everything. Our perspective, point of view, way of assessing reality, is the swing point between ways of being and living. And, is what determines the things we do and the things we leave undone. Our life depends upon what we see when we look, and the way we see what we look at. You might think we would do a better job of evaluating the validity of our viewpoint, asking the questions that beg to be asked about everything we say about the way things are (Which is always the way we see the way things are), and saying the things that cry out to be said about what we see and how we see it, and what everyone else sees and how they see it. Prejudice, bias, bigotry, intolerance and inequality would have a hard time maintaining their hold on us once we began to look at what we see and how we see it. The world would change like that (snaps fingers) overnight. For the better.
We can change ourselves in the direction of being more like we are than we are-- and of allowing/assisting/encouraging other people to be more like they are than they are-- by taking up the practice of embracing/experiencing/exploring emptiness, stillness and silence, aligning ourselves with our original nature and exhibiting/expressing our natural self within the context and circumstances of our life, in doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, where it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises, situation-by-situation all our life long. But. It is hard to do that alone. And it is harder to find a community in which that is being done. If you can find two or three people who will join you in the work of seeing/doing/being, you will be among the most fortunate people who have ever lived.
The work is ridiculously impossible, changing what needs to be changed about ourselves, and about the world in which we live. It is absurdly out of the question. And yet, and yet. That is the work. It is the work of being human. The work of seeing/doing/being/becoming. It is the work of being alive. It is the work of growing up. It is the work of being who we are-- of being true to our original nature-- within the context and circumstances of our life. To change ourselves to be more like who we are than we are, is to alter the context and circumstances of our life. Is to be a threat to the way things are. Is to be crucified as a rabble rouser and a trouble maker and a messianic pretender. Is to be burned at the stake as a heretic. Is to be drowned as a witch. The world does not treat kindly, or take lightly, those who threaten the way things are in the world. We ask for it by daring to be who we are in defiance of who we are 'spozed to be. And yet, and yet. That is the work.
We have to make enough money to live comfortably while developing our ability to be true to our original nature within the time and place of our living. Doing this is a matter of knowing who we are in terms of our inner nature, and discovering what we can get by with in terms of the context and circumstances of our life. I had an abusive father who kept me pretty much bound to his idea of who I ought to be until I moved out of the house and became the overseer of myself, finding my own way to being who I am in this here and this now. This here and this now has its own way of limiting/restricting who I show myself to be, and demanding/insisting that I behave like I ought to-- just as my father did. And so, the work of balance and harmony becomes the work of being alive between the world of our inner nature and the world of our outer reality. How conscious we are of doing that work, and how well we do it, tells the tale.