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In my 20 years of philanthropic endeavors, I’ve certainly been guilty of “fighting for peace”. But after many years of deliberate studies lifestyle transformations, I’ve awakened to the irony of that tactic.

Why do I gravitate towards fighting? I suppose it’s in my blood. But I also know it’s mostly just because I care so deeply about human beings and this planet we call home.

I have a deep reverence and appreciation for the opportunity of our planetary existence. I am awed by it.

As a philanthropist, I believe it’s my responsibility to dive deeper into science, consciousness, anthropology, politics, strategy, economics and a multitude of social studies.

Along that path, I believe I’ve evolved as a human. And by evolution, I refer to a process of shedding attachment to the past, learning to “flow like water” and growing closer to personifying love.

I want my life to contribute to a more peaceful and harmonious world.

What I want is less fighting, not more of it. I don’t want to amplify anger or hostility from my being, or my platform. I want to be, and amplify love in all of my being. And that includes my writing and other creative endeavors.

I believe our experiences develop our perspective, and our perspective is the root of what we believe to be truth. It serves as our operating system.

If I truly want to contribute to peace, it seems logical to focus on the root of what influences people’s worldview and lifestyle most. I want to imbue their perspective with a desire to personify love.

So I’ve been thinking on that for a while.

Ultimately, I’ve resolved that the revolution I seek, begins with my self, my thoughts and my lifestyle. Beyond that, my first priority is to lead my family along the same path, and to do so through my example, not my rules.

What if everyone’s greatest priority was to journey towards love and to inspire their children and others they influence to do the same? Imagine the impact that could have over time.

Rather than fighting the destructive symptoms of fear (distance from love), we could begin to reap the benefits of a society rooted in interconnectedness and love.

Is that so far fetched of an idea? Does it seem any less viable than “fighting for peace”? Because that’s what we’ve been doing for centuries. Perhaps it’s time for a shift in tactics.

I believe my role as a human, and certainly as a philanthropist, is to personify love, and then amplify it through my life in a way that inspires others to do the same.

The Quakers say, “Let your life speak”, which translates to, “Let the highest truths and values guide everything you do.”

I want my life to speak of my commitment to becoming love. My greatest philanthropic opportunity is to inspire my children to do the same, and to allow my marriage to be my greatest opportunity to fulfill my mission to exude love, no matter the circumstances.

My family is my greatest mission.

Beyond that, I want my life and my philanthropic endeavors to inspire and equip others to adopt a similar mission for themselves and their family. I truly believe this is our greatest and most effective path a peaceful society.

This is the revolution I want to be part of. And I hope to see you there.


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As a testament to our resolve to personifying love, Ilea and I are happy to announce the launch of Love Like Water, our YouTube channel for hosting “authentic discussions about love and freedom”. I hope you’ll join us there!

 

5 Comments

  1. Ashley Logsdon on May 2, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Clara’s favorite quote she writes on everything now is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Ghandi) – The greatest change and impact comes from within first, and actions will always, always trump words. Great post, and loving your videos!

    • Jared Angaza on May 4, 2016 at 9:34 PM

      Thanks sister! It took me many years to truly understand the meaning of the concept of being the change you want to see. I now understand it to mean, “exemplify your ideals”, and that means that the revolution I’m looking for starts with my own life. That’s powerful stuff!

  2. Richard on May 4, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    I want my life to contribute to a more peaceful and harmonious world. This is the best thing I have read in a while and it has brighten my day. Your mission will be fulfilled no matter what, nothing can stop something good to happen to the humans and the mother earth unless we the humans decide to. Love conquers all.I love what you are doing and I don’t take it for granted. Peace

    • Jared Angaza on May 4, 2016 at 9:31 PM

      Thanks so much Richard! I appreciate your support.

  3. Jared Angaza » I Ask for Wonder on August 27, 2016 at 2:34 AM

    […] I’ve been a philanthropist and activist my whole life. It’s part of my identity. It derives from my profound love and reverence for our human existence and the gift of the magnificent cosmos in which we dwell. Over the last four years or so, my perspective on activism has evolved considerably. I wrote about that shift here. […]

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