Contentment can be a dream killer.
Don’t get me wrong, I think being grateful for everything that you currently have in life is an imperative, but it is a totally different thing to simply settle and passively agree with the way things are in the world.
It is impossible to live a significant life if you are not 100% committed to being a change maker.
I know it’s somewhat anti-postmodern to want to change things, to have a strong opinion against the way that other people are choosing to live their lives. But without “affecting others” the life that you will write will just be a collection of self-authored, self-focused, quasi-ambivalent short stories.
Being a change maker requires that you open your eyes to the real problems in our world, to things like injustice, sex slavery, poverty, hunger, greed, discrimination and intolerance… for they exist just as surely as your ambivalence.