Look around you. This is your environment.
Relationships. People. Work. Nation. Family.
What you see is what you get. From the standpoint of Buddhism, there is no need to blame the environment for your problems, your suffering. It is all inherent within your very own life.
Your environment is a mirror of your life, what is going on, and what has been going on, forever.
The world is caught up in looking outside for the solution to problems. Maybe if we changed governments, or social systems, or political systems, things would be corrected. Maybe if we changed our wife or husband, or our boss, or other people we deal with, things would be fine.
But, at bottom, there is no way to change our own problems, as well as the world’s, than through a reformation from within – through a personal transformation that takes one to a higher state of life and being.
Everything comes out of one’s own life. The mirror reflects only the person who is looking into the mirror. You cannot change the mirror. In order to see a different environment, we need to change the person.
This is an old truth, but one that is very difficult to personally realize and put into practice.
From the standpoint of Buddhism, though, everything in our life can be changed through an inner transformation of self. This is the purpose of Buddhist practice.
And through changing ourselves, we can transform the world around us.