Our new Ethics & Values editor wants to hear your thoughts on living and legacy.
Living in Toronto—with a mayor who is famous for every wrong reason—it should be second nature for me to write and talk about ethics and values. If not a little obvious. But I’d like to use this space, this community, for more worthwhile endeavors and explorations into the individual principles that shape our lives: Where we get our values? What are the codes we live by? And what becomes of us when we stray from those values? I want these pages and the conversations that happen here to inspire and challenge and help each other.
I’m also very interested in hearing your thoughts on legacy. I think it’s what drove our fathers—I know it’s what drove mine and guided him through his far too brief life. The thought of what he was leaving behind. His children. His name. I think the idea of legacy is even more important now, for us, where one thing we say can travel faster and reach further than ever before. We put it all out there. We broadcast our lives (and the lives of others—which is a whole other conversation) from imperceptible distances provided by the tiny glass screens we hold daily at our fingertips and by the flatly designed buttons that sit at the bottom of every digital page, calling for us to send, comment, post.
We do things in the moment without giving much thought to the moment after, which is not new behavior, of course. But now those moments live a life of their own. And a legacy that is yours.
Very little now is lost to history, or left to memory.
But legacy isn’t just manufactured in our digital lives. It exists in everything we do. In the things we say. And in the lives of the people we say them to.
I’d like to hear what you have to say. Send me your articles, essays, questions, comments, histories, confessions, lessons learned and everything in between: [email protected]
I love the conversations that are already happening here, and can’t wait to add to them. Cheers.
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