I once saw my friend running to the aide of a child when he saw a parent hitting her child. This was a commendable act, but what affect would my friend’s response have afterward for the child and mother. The mom would probably continue the abuse at home. We see, and we could prevent some of the injustices that go on in the world. But how many injustices occur that are out of our view. We cannot control the actions and thoughts of others.
We have the prison system not to convert the bad to good. We have a prison system to temporarily prevent the bad from hurting the good. Most people will agree that most criminals are incorrigible. Many commit crimes shortly after being released from the prisons. We cannot change the bad by force.
We also see this failure in coercion in countries that we attempt to change that are ruled by dictators. History will tell us that military and billions of dollars of aide do not reverse the course of their ruthless actions. Initially it would appear that our aide was helping, but in the long run anarchy and suffering would reappear after our efforts and aide are depleted. We cannot change bad behavior by force.
How do we change the bad to the good? Obviously it is not by force. Force often results in the resistance of change. Many will often die as martyrs then to capitulate to force. Some say it is by setting an example of how to be good that the bad will become good. When the bad see the joy brought upon by being good, they may see the light.
To change the bad to good, we must first purify our hearts. We must first become good. Lets light the fire within us; then like a spark, we can light the hearts of the world. Relating this to the conflicts and sufferings that are occurring in the world. Let us concentrate and use our resources on making this country prosper, and the other countries will eventually follow our example. Let us be the beacon that others can see. This relates to religion as well. We must purify our minds first; then others will follow.