I have tried to be a leader. I have tried in my role of being one of the first women at Google let alone the first woman to have a baby to really try to set the tone that this is a great place to work for diversity reasons.
I think Jersey stands alone and because I'm from Jersey I never make fun of where people are from. I'll make fun of what they look like but I'll never make fun of where they are from. Jersey is special.
In a world that is constantly changing there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.
Largely this is a class thing - writers tend to be cosseted little middle-class kiddies who think that the world owes them a royalty cheque. But just doing it - being in your room for years on end locked in your head alone with invented ghosts - it weakens and softens the body. And I know I can't just live in my head.
One thing however is sure - that in all cases the effort should be to impose all the cost of repairing the wrong upon the doer of the wrong. This alone is real justice and of course such justice is necessarily free.
Should we find a second form of life right here on our doorstep we could be confident that life is a truly cosmic phenomenon. If so there may well be sentient beings somewhere in the galaxy wondering as do we if they are not alone in the universe.
Perhaps the best motivation for going to Mars is political. It is obvious that no single nation currently has either the will or the resources to do it alone but a consortium of nations and space agencies could achieve it within 20 years.
The way life manages information involves a logical structure that differs fundamentally from mere complex chemistry. Therefore chemistry alone will not explain life's origin any more than a study of silicon copper and plastic will explain how a computer can execute a program.