What do I owe to my fellow creatures?
And what do they owe to me?
What am I entitled to, if anything, by virtue of my mere existence?
What does it really mean to have earned something… recognition, reward, or recompense?
How much wealth, health, safety, comfort, fun, and happiness do I deserve as a result of my efforts?
No matter how I ask such questions, the appreciation of what truly belongs to me and what does not should inform everything I do.
To that end, it seems to me that a good and ethical human, given the chance, must contribute something to the world… food, knowledge, safety, health, freedom, opportunity, hope, comfort, justice, love… to name but a few.
It also seems to me that he should consume no more than he contributes… and when fortune smiles upon him, he should never take more than his fair share.
How else can he possibly justify his existence?
A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!