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Can't Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive that Changes Our World by Paul Shoemaker

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ConclusionSurrendering to the Intention

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

—George Bernard Shaw

Every once in a while you sit down to talk to someone and you just feel like you have a mind-meld, that person is so in tune with what you're thinking and you can't write down his ideas fast enough. It was that way when I had coffee with Dwight Frindt. I ran back out to my car to get my notepad because what I thought would be a five-minute conversation turned into over an hour. For Dwight, whom you first met in Chapter One, his work with The Hunger Project is “about surrendering to the intention that is wanting to use his life.” What a powerful notion, that a cause for social change is wanting to use his life, each of our lives. I love that. If each of us, all of us, will find that one cause that we will surrender ourselves to it will make a world of difference and we will have a different world.

One of the most important reasons to talk about the seven questions by looking at about 20 different stories is because everyone, and I mean every one, can see yourself in at least one or two, probably more, of these stories. Maybe you don't relate to all of them or even many of them, but ...

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