What is important in life? Is it okay to live only for the benefit of oneself and ones nearest and dearest?
As a member of a society that is threatened by many urgent and dramatic issues, do I have a duty to use my life, and the resources at my disposal, to improve the situation within which I live? Or is it morally acceptable that I satisfy myself with the achievement of personal goals that have little positive impact on those beyond my immediate sphere of existence?
Consider zero-sum living. A dream which is achieved at the cost of anothers, adds nothing to the world. A life which contributes above and beyond the contributions of others, is that the building block of a successful society?
And if it is the issue that defines us, the problem that we depend on to qualify our existence, is there any nobility in that pursuit?