I’m going to be donating some money (see the story here).There are hundreds, thousands, millions of worthy causes in this world, all most likely very happy to receive my little bit. Meaning that I have a choice to make. How to allocate? Which in the end comes down to: “What do I find important?”
Thinking about it for a bit I came to the conclusion that there are three major categories in which “good” is done:
- Keeping the (worthwhile) status-quo: Saving endangered species from extinction, keeping Wikipedia up and running
- Making a bad situation better: Disaster relief, research into Alzheimer
- Creating something new: Building a school, nano-tech research
Of course there will be large overlaps: A school is built to make a bad situation (lacking education) better. And after it’s set up it’s the status-quo, which needs money to be preserved…
So, some kind of research, preferably blue-sky. But into what exactly?
One thing I believe would benefit the world would be space exploration. Energy, resources and just straight space are incredibly plentiful out there. Maybe ESA will take my money? Or I could donate to Mars One or SpaceX?
This of course ties in very well with my adventurer spirit; we ran out of (physical) frontiers on this tiny speck of sand. And even from a more work-related perspective this makes sense: Putting all your eggs in one basket (all your humans on one planet) just isn’t very good risk management…
If anybody else knows anything related that might be worthwhile, do let me know!
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
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