August 25, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: New York City and Wildlife

by Ken Scarlatelli

Age 58, New York City & Baltimore

I’m an environmental scientist, currently working as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Supervisor of Natural Resources for New York City.  I relish this position as a way to try to improve the natural environment and quality of life for New York City residents, visitors, and its wildlife. I think it’s an extremely important mission, because NYC is a great center of money, power, and influence; and if the global effort to create a sustainable world for both people and nature.

However, my father, Joseph Scarlatelli, taught me early on that passionate work for a noble cause is the key to a meaningful life, just fame, or professional and financial successes are not. He taught me that, no matter how great a positive change you might be able to make on the world and society (think Ghandi, Lincoln, Jesus, Einstein, and Rachel Carson), given the vastness of time and space (not to mention the prospect of a multi-verse), any great goal any one or collection of us could achieve, is but a drop in the bucket of the larger scheme of things, and will relatively soon (on a cosmic scale, at least), be forgotten before long.

No, my father taught me instead, that the key to a meaningful life is to find one person, or a handful of people, that you care deeply about, and to do everything in your power to make their lives as good as they can be.


No, my father taught me instead, that the key to a meaningful life is to find one person, or a handful of people, that you care deeply about, and to do everything in your power to make their lives as good as they can be. This produces real-time, lasting, positive, and tangible effects that can have ripple effects, as it has in my life. If we all did that, many of the larger-picture problems facing the world would take care of themselves.

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