“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy
If someone would ask you if you desire world peace, you would probably say yes. If someone were to ask you if you would like to live on an environmentally-friendly planet, it is very likely that you would nod your head again. If that same person asked you what you think about poverty and hunger in the third world countries, you would definitely say that it should not exist when we throw tons of food away in the western world every single day.
It seems that most people in the world do in fact want to create a better place for everyone, because the truth is that life on earth is, in many aspects, not that great. The problem is that people tend to look at their governments or other higher institutions to initiate such drastic change in behaviour. Governments definitely have a role to play, but we, as individuals, must also change our ways and convince others to change with us by showing the good example. If everyone changes his or her ways a little bit, we will all have a great impact together.
The aristocrat Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer. He lived from 1828 till 1910 and is known to be one of the greatest authors of all time. He started writing when he joined the Russian army in the Caucasus. Count Tolstoy wrote many famous novels like War and Peace, the Death of Ivan Ilyich and Anna Karenina. In 2012, the novel Anna Karenina was made into a movie in which Keira Knightley performed the leading role. Tolstoy believed in nonviolent resistance and his work on this topic influenced activists like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The Last Station is a movie about Tolstoy’s last months. Christopher Plummer, who played Leo Tolstoy, received an Oscar nomination.