Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Microstory 367: Positive Contribution

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Intellectual Stimulation

Many people want to have a major impact on the world. They want to be known for something; their talent, their looks, their capacity to drive real change in the way things work. Some people want to be able to make a difference, but don’t necessarily care whether anyone noticed that they were involved. Not everyone wants to do something big, of course, and that’s perfectly okay. Some people are happy getting up every morning, going to work, and then coming home to a hobby. I would still call that a fulfilling life, and I’ve been annoyed by people who think that their way is superior, and that the only reason I don’t participate in the same activities is because I’m too afraid. I, for one, do want to make a huge impact. I have pretty big dreams, bigger than I can explain in 367 words, or while I’m in a place in my life where I can’t even begin to realize them. As a speculative fiction writer, I deal with cultures that have spread out to other solar systems. They can turn invisible, manipulate gravity, and build massive self-sustainable arcologies. It’s generally hard for me to come back to reality and remember that none of that exists, and some of it never will, or should. Either way, because of how complex my theoretical universe has become, it has grown beyond its fictionality, and has started bleeding into the real world. I’ve more recently legitimately thought about what the future looks like for us, the real people. You have a long ways to go, Earth. Anyway, I’ve gotten off track. What I want to say is that positive contribution doesn’t mean becoming the primary leader of a nation. It doesn’t mean getting the most ‘likes’ on your social media photo. It doesn’t mean solving world hunger, or inventing the next best thing since sliced bread, or painting a masterpiece. Positive contribution is doing something good for your little corner of the universe, and maybe beyond...if you can. You should never feel small, because as long as your goals serve the morally stable needs of someone other than yourself, I guarantee that you are on the right track.


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