What does it mean to be committed to the future of Life on Earth?
sincerely doing all we can to protect the future
What would you do if you were completely committed to the future's wellbeing?Ask yourself "if I were 100% sincere about the safety of Earth's future, how would I be living my life?" Your answer will be of your own making, but some examples are below.
You would spend every spare moment.Spending every spare moment means you still take care of yourself, your family, and your career. If you did not, our collective ability to help the future would diminish.
On the other hand, you would be ruthless about reducing low-return activities (such as watching television).
You would spend this time investing in the future.You would invest every spare moment of your life in one of two things:
You would be practical.You are unlikely to help the future if your actions are symbolic gestures. Thus, avoid activities that are stereotypically "world-saving" activities without carefully investigating if these activities are truly the most valuable opportunities for improving your leverage or helping the future. Assessing the situation and your options before you spend too much effort is vital in your own life, just like it is when you manage global assets and risks.
You would choose the most valuable actions.You would consider the possible courses of action, and choose the actions with the best probable outcomes for the wellbeing of the future.
You would know what supports the wellbeing of the future.There are many problems and opportunities in the world, so you would take care to identify which ones are most crucial for the survival of the next generations, such as the resources of life (ecosystems, a rich library of species, natural resources), low risks to life (such as war or dangerous technology), the ability of society to care for the future — a society that is educated, caring, and moral.
You would ask "is this really enough?"You would examine the best courses of action that are available to us and ask "if we actually take these courses, is it enough to secure the safety of future generations?" If the answer is no, then you would search for new courses of action. If our best is not good enough, then we will improve our capabilities. You would be aware of the danger of acting out of desperation.