Continuing the series on The Worth of a Good Map.
The moral compass helps you to decide the value of whatever journey you start on. Here are some things I brainstormed for dos and don’ts. Use my thoughts as a starting point for your own.
Don’t do things motivated strictly by greed. Don’t do things that are entirely self-centered. Don’t do things that hurt other people. Don’t do things about which people will say, “Today will go down in infamy…” Don’t do things motivated only by money. Don’t judge the value of an idea only by how much money it can make.
Instead, do find ways to make life better for others. Do think of the environmental impact your plans will have. Do think of the human cost. Do make your product or project the best it can possibly be. Do something creative. Do something people need to have or experience. Do find ways to fight cancer, HIV/AIDs, and poverty. Do something about which people will say, “I wish I’d thought of that!”
Great journeys are not measured by the income generated by them. People motivated only by money are always sniffed out. People who genuinely want to serve are usually celebrated. No one loved the “Robber Barons” of the Industrial Revolution. Everyone admires Mother Teresa.
A few questions that come to mind when I’m thinking about the value of an endeavor:
- Am I doing this out of primarily selfish motives or primarily to add value to other people’s lives?
- Is this going to have long-lasting negative human or environmental costs?
- Would I be proud to tell my grandmother about it?
- Does it line up with my spiritual and ethical values?
(Hopefully these thoughts will help as you draw the map for your journey. Start planning to do something remarkable, but don’t stop at drawing the map! Find some guides and get moving down the path.)
Photo by: Ricardo Rui.