2014.09.5

Life Goals v2014.09.03

Getting to the core.

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Previous versions of my list of life goals were lists of specific tasks, some of the wild and pretty impractical without a lot of money. This time, I wanted to pair down to the core idea that underlies what all the previous goals. The core principle that guides the long arc of the person I want to be and the legacy that I want to leave.

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Build institutions that endure and enrich society.

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Making something that enriches a single life is hard. Making something that enriches a whole community, or the whole of society is even harder.

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Likewise, making institutions that last is also hard. People are resilient but we have a complex inertia that often makes our older institutions stagnate and hinder those they were built to help. Making institutions that enrich their communities, while staying relevant and enduring is a tall order.

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(Related: what would an institution that has processes to plan and prepare for its own termination and possible replacement look like?)

2014.04.28

The point of it all

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What is the point of society?

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No, seriously. Think about it. All this work, money, production, investing, economic enterprise, all of it. If the point of all we do to work isn’t to feed the members of society, raise our young, keep us safe, steward our environment, and nurture our homes, health, and well-being, then why the fuck are we bothering with any of this?

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This is the question I ask myself whenever someone says we education, environmental policies, and health care are too expensive, as if there are things that are more important to devote society’s wealth and production to.