As a Friend, how do I seek to change the world? First, I must ask myself, how have I been changed? Was I changed by force? Was I changed by coercion? Was I changed by the letter of the law? Or, was I changed by the peaceful persuasion of the Spirit and Its powerful presence? If I were to use the power of the state to change the world, I fear I’d succeed only in altering its form and function. In using government authority, I fear I’d fail to exact meaningful, long-lasting change within the hearts of the people. Change at the hands of the state is made by swords and by spears. It leaves in its wake a thousand wounds for every bleeding heart. Change at the hands of the Spirit however, is made by prudence, peace, and love. It heals all wounds with patience; it fills all hearts with joy.