The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful” people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it. -David Orr, Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World
I want a blank trophy. Temporarily awarded to a staff member deserving of recognition, it will migrate around our office, including hopefully to my desk on occasion. Moral courage doesn’t often produce tangible manifestations of accomplishment; we need to create our own. Despite being motivated by our work, external validation is important to my staff and me, even if it’s something we generate ourselves, which ultimately is perhaps the most meaningful kind.