This past week, I passed a sign at an organization proudly noting that their community legacy matters. And, to me it most surely does. When we have children, we quite often think of our legacy. They represent us going forward. We pass on our values to them. We ostensibly care about what we are leaving behind for them. Yet, as I passed that sign I wondered if the notion of leaving behind a legacy is no longer potent.
Hear me out.
We are living in interesting times to say the least. We are living in a time of great technological advancement. We need a cab? We need not flag one down or call one. We click a button and we track a car coming to pick us up. We want a new book? We can click a button and quite possibly get one delivered to us that same say. Technology has helped fast forward our lived lives. We don’t have to wait for much these days. And, in an instantaneous world, we are focused on the here and now. How much can we cognitively dedicate to how we will be remembered 40 years from now?
A newscaster this am asked if certain attributes will be part of a particular group’s legacy. I’m purposefully not stating the specifics as those are not part of my point here. But the question was a good one? Where do people stand in terms of how much they care about their legacy? I suppose, if one considers Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, legacy concerns are for those who are fairly self-actualized. Those who are secure in their footing. If you are focused on “survival” legacy may be an aafterthought.
Although, I know that for me integrity and legacy go hand in hand. I do want to leave behind a legacy my son can look to and be proud of. He is my mirror. We all need such a mirror even in this fast paced world.