No one’s born so enlightened that she doesn’t have to spend a certain amount of time getting established.
And yet, as our culture recognizes and wrestles with the head starts that some of us are lucky enough to have, we sooner or later have to come up with some ideas about how it might be OK to use the head starts we have. Running backward doesn’t seem like a realistic or desirable option.
One option would be to look ahead and determine if the finish line we all think we’re striving for actually exists — or would be worth reaching.
Another would be to turn around and help others run as they wish.
A friend of mine recently suggested to me that the second option might really be an obligation, and I suspect he’s right. Luckily, there’s no need to wait for full enlightenment before turning on the lights for other people.
If you’re able to read this — in English, online — you’re probably lucky enough to be able to make someone else’s life a little easier. And you probably won’t have to look too hard to find an opportunity.