Pomp in Circumstance

I found this little essay to be thought-provoking this morning.  Judge that as you will.

I totally agree that following your bliss is not really wise advice in a general sense, and that aptitude is no guarantee of propriety or prosperity.  But the argument for virtue in this article is fascinating because it presumes no value to virtue other than what it does for the person practicing it.
Doing something “valuable” is essentially defined as something that makes you feel good.  The thrust of the article might just as well be “do what makes you feel good”, with the corollary that the author believes that acting for the benefit of others is one of potentially many things that can make you feel good.
While there is a small portion of the article that insists that doing something valuable equates to doing something meaningful for the world, there isn’t any time spent on defining what that really means, or why it matters.  The majority of the article stresses that doing so will make you a happier person, and that’s really what matters ultimately.  
I think it’s also interesting that his link to how to find something that is valuable to get involved with isn’t a philosophical exploration of the meaning of value or how someone can determine what is really valuable to someone else, it’s a link to a rating of charities by the New York Times, highlighting the charities they find to be most “proven, cost-effective, underfunded and outstanding.”  
I wonder who made those decisions – and how?

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