It is necessary to understand that our spiritual development is tied directly to the evolution of the world. What is happening within you is directly connected to what is happening in the world.
The reason for this is that each person was sent here to make a contribution to the world as it is now. Each person has been given certain gifts to give to the world in accordance with the world’s needs and development.
Without the world as a greater context for contribution, spiritual development becomes a matter of personal interest and preference and degenerates quickly into ego gratification and self-adulation.
Clearly, what is great within you must be connected to what is great outside of you. And there is greatness outside of you and there is a greatness within you, and they are in dynamic relationship with one another.