I love the following from the beginning of On What Matters:
"My debts to Sidgwick are easy to describe. Of my reasons for becoming a graduate student in philosophy, one was the fact that, in wondering how to spend my life, I found it hard to decide what really matters. I knew that philosophers tried to answer this question, and to become wise. It was disappointing to find that most of the philosophers who taught me, or whom I was told to read, believed that the question 'What matters?' couldn't have a true answer, or didn't even make sense. But I bought a second-hand copy of Sidgwick's book, and I found that he at least believed that some things matter"(pg. 41)
This makes me like Parfit a lot, maybe he and Sidgwick can convince me that something matters, that would be cool.