I’m going to take an airplane trip in the next few days.
Why will I be taking this airplane trip?
Because I’ve made the call that the money it costs to buy the ticket, the time it will take to make the flight, and the time I’ll spend in the place I am visiting, are worth the costs.
This is not to define what we do with our lives as no more than mere financial transactions. The power of money should conform to needs of people, not the other way around.
A nation governed on an opposing principle is a nation governed illegitimately.
Every decision we make has some basis. We have the ability as individuals to determine why we should act in one way and not in another. We have the ability as individuals to use our resources of money, time, and energy in the way we see fit.
Yet if the basis of our decisions extends no further than our own interests, we are giving up the best aspect sof our individuality.
As individuals, we have the ability to be with others in hopeful relationships, and to work with others for shared goals.
Every action has a cost. This is good. This helps assess the value of the way we spend our lives.
There is, of course, another question. Does the trip I’ll be taking merit the impact my flight will have on others I do not know?
On one hand, my ticket will help pay people’s salaries. On the other hand, the airplane will emit pollution.
I don’t have the answer to the worth of this trip in this context.
I don’t have all the answers.
To say you do not have all the answers is not to abdicate responsibility for your actions.
Rather, it is a commitment to think life out to the extent you are able.
The things we need to assess the value and worth of our actions are all around us.
Our relationships, our thoughts, an airplane and other accessible technologies, our energy, our time, other people, our imaginations.
Let us do our best in a complicated world.