On becoming good compost

If, after I’ve gone, what I’ve left behind others things can grow from, then my life has been a success.

This is my life goal. To live life in a way leaves behind good things that other things can grow from, and not too many bad things that might prevent other things from growing.

For me, this means two things.

Physical, real world stuff of limiting my climate impact, not using planes for travel, reducing my belongings and choosing things that can be easily disposed of. Not adding to future generations to further stretch our planet’s finite resources.

Intellectual, always indebted to the work of others, building on ideas, adding to the fertile soil for future ideas. Questioning, curious, critical and creative.

“We are all compost”

 – Donna Haraway