Different people have different priorities. Some may want to make the lives of others happier, and some may most enjoy discovering new laws of reality. These aren’t diametrically opposed, but they illustrate that there is more than one “right” path.
If we don’t have the same preferences, how can we all get along? I feel it would take an unwavering support of human rights, but we can’t even decide on what exactly those should be. Still, it seems those with an open mind and evidence-based beliefs will get along best.
Humanity succeeds based on its ability to adapt. The better you change your mind when evidence shows you’re wrong, the more human you are. I think another important part of being human is seeking better ways to live. When you meditate and contemplate on how things could be, you actually _will_ figure out what you can do better.
It’s not easy to throw out something you thought was required. That’s why it has to come from within, from the personal discovery of yourself. Nothing about humans is required. We are all weird. We all have different priorities. And we get better when we open ourselves up to self-improvement.
It’s not personal. We always are growing in some direction. We are never the same from day to day.
What are you going to reflect on today?
“A sunny disposition is worth more than fortune. Young people should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind like the body can be moved from the shade into sunshine. Let us move it then.”
— Andrew Carnegie