“The turn toward inward development, the triumph of inwardness over outwardness, if it ever happens, will be a great turning point in the history of mankind, comparable to the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.”
This passage is from a very provocative essay by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Repentance & Self-Limitation in the Life of Nations. He wrote it in 1973. While the essay is about geopolitics of redemption and ascetic nationalism, this passage applies to anyone of us, individually. An inner revolution is the only bloodless revolution – any other kind comes with social upheaval, which inevitably defeats the very purpose of any social/societal upgrade.