Recently, I’ve thought a lot about what I can contribute to the world. Here’s what I came up with:
Be an example for simple living. Minimalism fits me well, I think, and it’s still a movement that hasn’t fully caught on. I can do and talk about this first step towards achieving a culture of quality. I have a long way to go, though.
Co-lead an exemplary company. From what I hear, many work places still have a strongly or at least a somewhat toxic culture. I think I am already doing better than most others. But there’s a long way to go as well, towards higher quality, sustainability and an even more respectful and stress free culture.
Promote reason over ideology. As a skeptic, I always try to value facts and reason over ideology and misinformation. We skeptics are precious few, but I think I can work towards spreading the scientific mindset more and more.
Raise a thoughtful next generation. It seems that after the baby boomers, my generation is the first that wants to stop consumerism, pollution and even climate change. I hope I can teach my offspring to be eloquent advocates for the planet, empathic people and inexorable skeptics.