In Hind Swaraj (translates roughly to "Home Rule" or, more directly, "Indian Home Rule") Mahatma Gandhi writes ca. 1908 a dialogue-style collection of advice for the people of India on how they will need to act to rid themselves of England's colonial presence. His advice boils down kind of to a think-globally-act-locally sentiment:
"Real home-rule is self-rule or self-control."
If we want major change in our society, our civilization, our nation, or whatever, then we will have to first take total responsibility for ourselves as individuals. We must understand who we are and work as effectively as possible to navigate reality based on our unique gifts and strengths as well as our weaknesses.
If everybody were to take accurate assessments of who they truly are and then move forward with their lives from that point, Gandhi argues, we would rise to epic potential as a collective unit. Throughout the book, Gandhi is critical of the structures that England has superimposed on his people and urges them to pursue what they know to be effective, time-tested ways of living.
Of Western society in general, he has a really astute observation. While Westerners tend to deify ancient Greece, he points out quite thoughtfully that clinging to the ideals of Grecian culture is in fact clinging to the ideals of a civilization that has fallen. India, however, has never fallen and is still going today; it's been rockin' and rollin' for thousands of years.
So, we should probably take Gandhi's advice. Stop blaming the system, stop blaming other people, and uh...