What We Do Counts

I love this comic. It perfectly describes my friendship with Howard, and sums up my attitude towards life. I am the person on the right. It came from Randall Munroe, who must be such a charming human being. All his stuff is great. This one reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from the show Angel.

“In the greater scheme, the big picture, nothing we do matters. There’s no grand plan, no big win … If there’s no great, glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do. Cause’ that’s all there is – what we do now, today … now I just want to help. I want to help because people shouldn’t suffer as they do. Because if there isn’t any bigger meaning, then the smallest act of kindness is the greatest thing in the world.”

I love that last line. It’s not so much that I want to help, I volunteer here and there, contribute to causes a couple of times a year, it’s more that I just like the idea that if there is no God, if this is all there is and all we have is us for a little while, then everything we do matters. The smallest kindness I do matters, and my effort to not add to the suffering of the world matters. That means if I’m a jerk it matters almost even more. Because there’s no God to make it all better in the end. It all matters. Until we die and the next crew takes over, of course. (Ack.)

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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