From my little Webster's: "utility n. 1 the quality or property of being useful; usefulness 2 something useful ..."
There's more, but this is the part I wanted to highlight. We're still in the part of the poem about why we race, what we are racing toward: "race for success, true utility".
The quality or property of being useful! Isn't that what "legacy" is all about? Isn't that what every human being desires? To be of service to our families, our communities, our nation, our world? To be of value? (And maybe a little bit to be recognized for that value?)
The older I get, the more I realize that this is at the core of being human, at the core of desire... to know that our presence on the planet made a difference. Each of us is useful and has a purpose. We may not know what it is, we may not even see the ripples of a comment we make to encourage someone, a small kindness. It is also true that there are things we do that have BAD ripples, intended or not. The hope of any lifetime is that the good ripples wash over the bad ones.
If we are people of faith, we have a high standard to live up to. In non-religious terms, faith keeps us desiring to "be good", to "do good"... to be and express our highest selves.
In that sense, whether we see ourselves as of use to our maker, or of use in service to humanity, is it not our responsibility to keep ourselves maintained for that purpose? If anything is getting in the way of your utility, it needs to be resolved and removed, faced and overcome. Because the world is just plain a better place when we are at our best.
And that is what makes LIFE good. Take care of yourself today. Because you are a valuable human being, of use to the world. We're in this together. Spark on.