Sometimes 1% is enough

Very brief post today as time is short.

I was inspired by an article “We Will Embrace the Reality of Progress” written by Kevin Kelly the editor of Wired.

In it he quotes Rabbi Zalman Schater-Shalomi ‘There is more good than evil in the world – but not by much”.

Kevin goes on to point out that by the laws of compund interest that is enough.

Communities and cultures where everyone manages to make things better by 1% or even one tenth of 1% will have rapid positive progress.

I find that thought fantastically empowering. I no longer need to worry about how I can  make a huge and significant contribution. I don’t even need to worry that sometimes I’ll make things worse by my actions. As long as, on balance I can make things slightly better every day then I’ll be playing my part.

There is really nothing more that needs to be said.


East Lothian dad. Likes bad jokes and comic songs. Mostly tired, tries to stay cheerful. Thinks space is awesome. Would like to write more code and better docs.

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