Change, Like Charity, Starts at Home
There is a quote attributed to Russian author Leo Tolstoy that states, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” The progression of modern society would disagree with the author of War and Peace. More and more people are awakening to the notion that the act of changing the world cannot come without first reinventing oneself. For many, the spark that sets off this internal evolution comes from turning on the TV. Any news network, particularly during coverage of international affairs, offers a nonstop nightmare for an anxious person: environmental catastrophe, nonstop warfare, abject poverty and human suffering. With this in mind, the stouthearted turn off the TV and turn on their light of compassion and look to make a difference. In We Are the New Radicals: A Manifesto for Reinventing Yourself and Saving the World, author Julia Moulden wants to show readers how they can get started.
Finding a Purpose
Moulden, a journalist and career consultant, helps individuals who in many ways have reached the top of the business mountain. In addition to finding it lonely at the top, many of her clients have found it a bit empty, as well. It should not come as a surprise to readers that many successful business leaders take as serious an interest in improving the world as they do in increasing their corporate coffers. The CEO with a heart of gold is a character who garners the occasional headline. Moulden’s “new radical” is in some respects more bold. He or she could well be an ordinary person who has achieved modest success but wants to do good works for the sake of the world. This can involve leaving behind the life that he or she knew in an effort to create a career that enriches the world rather than the individual.
The author establishes from the outset that the path to becoming a new radical is not an easy one to tread. We Are the New Radicals understands that impatience and frustration often bring a premature end to people’s attempts to live a more purposeful life. Moulden stresses time and again that the process of giving takes work. In many ways, it requires just as much, if not more, work to build one’s charitable career as it does to build a professional life. The gravity of making the effort to pursue one’s true path has as much to do with the person as it does with the cause. As Moulden writes, “Our enthusiasm will inspire us to take on the challenge and give us the strength to carry on in the face of inevitable difficulties.” Moulden has an obvious passion for her own role in the betterment of society, and that translates well to the reassuring advice she offers and examples she provides.
Moulden’s experience as a journalist provides an added bonus for her readers. She is an excellent writer, weaving a compelling narrative without sacrificing substance for flair. Her words, like her message, have an obvious purpose, and because of that, readers are likely to take her subject matter to heart. We Are the New Radicals is a book that will grip readers and plant a seed of curiosity about their own ambitions.
With so much negativity dominating every headline and newscast, it is important for people to be reminded of the part they can potentially play in turning the tide. Moulden provides a framework to map out one’s path to a new life. We Are the New Radicals is a book that has the potential to make a difference in the lives of many individuals. If each of the people who are touched by its message goes on to impact the lives of 100 people in need, the outlook for the world could be a bit brighter.