“your purpose is to be a good human being” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 8.5
We’ve all got a lot going on and it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important.
It’s easy to get caught up in politics, in deadlines, in family spats and forget that everything should start from a single point: be a good person.
If we don’t start there, the rest just doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter what else you’re contributing if you’re an arsehole while doing it. You’re netting out any benefit by being a dick – and the world has quite enough dicks at the moment.
Start with being good – not just as a guide, but as your primary purpose.
Make it your mission, your raison d’être.
Because if we don’t intentionally work at being good – we won’t be.
If we don’t put it at the centre of what we do, then good will fall by the wayside.
We’ll focus on being right, or fast, or cheap, or done.
They might be important, but they’re not fundamental.
They’re not good.
Good is too important to be a tertiary concern.
Good should be our first principle.