I stumbled on this in Permaculture, Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability today:
“Thus, the first priority is to survive (obtain a yield from captured energy), while the second is to pay for what we get in some way that helps maintain the future flow of energy. The third is to contribute in some way and direction to the wider system, rather than seeing our own survival as an end in itself. “
I’ll add this to my list of considerations in prioritizing my projects.