Why would anyone want to change the world?

The idea of denting the universe bothers me, as does the idea of a person setting out to change the world.

What if two people are trying to change the world in opposite ways. So they battle it out and maybe one of them wins and the world changes the way this person wanted it to. Then a few years later the person is forgotten and a few years after that, dead.

What exactly did changing the world get you? Did it make your name ring down through the ages? If so, why would you care. It’s the dream of adolescents to make a name for themselves. As you grow older it’s not as important, you’ll find, as it used to be.

I often wonder why a man as old as Sheldon Adelson, for example, wants to do anything to the world? He won’t have to live with the changes he brings about. With the kind of money he has he actually can make changes to the world. I think there should be a law against people doing that. I’m not kidding. Adelson might be old, but in the grand scheme of things, you and I are pretty old too. Think about it when you’re thinking about how great it would be to change the world. If you really do manage to change it, will you even live long enough to see what happens? My guess is probably not.

Denting the universe is even worse than changing the world.

Denting is something a car does when it hits something. Denting is damage. People get hurt when things are dented. And please, you’re not going to even get remotely close to doing anything to the universe. The universe exists on a scale that you can’t even begin to comprehend if you’re dreaming of doing something to it. The universe just laughs at your ambition. Hah! You’re a mere speck of dust, says the universe, a speck that exists for an infinitesimally short period of time.

I didn’t want to write anything about this until I had a better idea, and now I do. Don’t try to change the world. Instead, try to work with other people. Do something nice that won’t change anything in any lasting way. You know the rule of hiking: Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. I think that should apply as much as possible to life too. Observe. Think. Share your experience, but strive to not change a thing.

We humans are too good at denting our own home, and because of that it’s now become barely liveable. So less is more in the denting the universe department. It’s better to just be kind to each other.

Your name may not ring down through the ages, but at least you will have lived a good life that you can be proud of.

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