There is a cliché that says, “Changing the world starts with changing one person.

In fact, it’s not so much a cliché but rather something that’s accepted by many. It’s as right and real as the reality of the world since its inception, because we, each and every being on Earth, are visual incarnations of the Creator (or whatever name you prefer to use from among the many diverse religions, ethnicities, and cultures around the world).

Let me summarize what the above sentence means overall. First of all, it means changing yourself into a bigger, larger version of your own “core self.” It means expanding yourself through the virtues of the Creator in all its names and all its beauties.

By this, I not only mean your visible deficiencies but also all the hard stones in your soul. Humanity is mostly blind to its own self. We believe we are filled with beauty in our soul, unselfish, not stubborn or vindictive, and so on, but this is the real illusion to ourselves. Each and every person on Earth has such deficiencies in one way or another. When we ask for love, we are being selfish if we want love for the sake of ourselves rather than for the benefit of the other party. While searching for power, we stubbornly take what we want. Wants and needs are cornerstones, mirrors that people look into. The moment we comprehend the limits of self-existence in the universe, it’s when we discover the real self, the soul, the spirit in ourselves.

And only then do we start the real journey, the journey of giving, loving, tenderness, intellection, understanding, and consciousness.

Generation Y (Millennials), who are typically in their 30s now, are here to enlighten the dark paths of the world. We promised it long before the universe was created. We promised to inspire, to love, to change, to care, to collect the good pieces of the Earth, and to give without expectation.

The core self is the real self, the very special part of you that exists deep inside you, exceeding the limits of your body, mind, and psychology. Evolving through your inner capabilities, challenging your own self while expanding your limits and challenging your dark sides, evil parts, and deficiencies. Jacques Lacan, the great academic, holds that the sense of the “I” is an illusion, so there is no core, and the individual must accept the nothingness that lies beneath this illusion. As there is no right or wrong in the world, as there is a place beyond right and wrong, just as the great Rumi explained, this is only right from a certain point of view. The “I” is an illusion when one looks from the point of view of existence. Yet the “I” is real for as long as we are parts of existence. It has the potential to recreate all of us, being intermediaries of the one Creator’s process.

So, maybe the secret is not about who you are but rather about remembering why you are here and who you will become for the sake of everything.