yjoeyh wrote:Why doesn't it make you inclined to get less done instead of more? Is making an impact a pass/fail proposition? If so, how much do you have to get done to make an impact? What difference does it make now if the impact happens after you cease to exist? You can't know whether or not, or even if you make an impact at all, so what do you see is the value in trying? I'm not saying I don't do the same. I'm just curious why you see it this way.
As a person who lives day to day under a series of deadlines, I've seen that human nature becomes energized by having a demarcation of "Must be done by... NOW." It's inbred that we want to accomplish things, and if given eternity, we would lazily take our time about it-- and never achieve it
As far as the deeper issue, I want to accomplish things because I value my fellow human beings. I do not consider them fallen angels, but risen apes, and I love us for it. I think we're worth having around, even if I personally will be but a blip on the screen. I want to have a safe and happy life for my kids, and their kids. And yours. and your kid's kids, etc. Because life is a short, rare event, the better the trip, the better for all of us (me included).
For me, it's about integrity, and authenticity. This is my authentic self, and I want to make positive impacts. As for integrity, for me integrity is doing the right thing even if no one is looking. Sure, I may have some impact after I'm dead and can't know about it, but that doesn't diminish it's value for me. It's doing the right thing even though no one is looking
. I'm not in it for any external rewards, I'm in it because it's the right thing to do.
Theists are constantly saying we need god or else our lives have no purpose or meaning. Well, that's not true. I have purpose and meaning, and I'm perfectly fine with it being finite for me personally. That doesn't mean the fulfillment that comes with it doesn't have extraordinarily powerful resonance for me. I am not selfish. It needn't last forever. Like a great dessert, the experience is finite, and enjoyable. Then, it's over. That doesn't mean it wasn't sweet while it lasted.