Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, wrote, “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.”
Is the purpose of life merely to leave the world “net positive,” as the Scoutmaster asserts?
Almost no one goes to medical school with the goal of becoming an “OK” doctor. No one runs for president and promises an overall “net positive” administration. So why should we set the bar so low for our own lives, only hoping to achieve a minimal positive impact?