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Saturday Musings - What Does it Mean to do Good?

Saturday Musings - What Does it Mean to do Good?

So many of us in the western world believe that if we do “good” then things will be all right now and hopefully in the afterlife. I’ve been contemplating this concept of doing good and to be quite honest with you I’m a little confused.

The problem I’m having is that “good” is a subjective term and something that is good for one person may not be for another. Each one of us views the world from our own perspective and cultural background and this taints our perception of what is good.

An extreme example of this is ISIS. They believe they are doing good by blowing up archaeological sites, beheading infidels and bringing their own unique brand of Sharia law to the masses. It’s clear that many people agree with their position and are even willing to put their lives on the line….but does this make ISIS good?

Maybe if you reach a critical mass of individuals that believe as you do, then you do regard what you’re doing good? If that was the case, then Stalin, Hitler and Mao Zedong would be regarded as saints as they had millions of people following them while they slaughtered millions themselves. I’ve concluded that doing “good” isn’t at all about populist opinion but something else entirely.

Over the last few months I’ve been watching the presidential election unfold in a most astounding manner. Each candidate firmly believes they are the one that will do the most “good” for their country…..this is despite the fact they seem to be trying to prove the other candidate is evil. So maybe a person can be defined as being good by doing less evil? Now we have the conundrum of defining what is evil…..so essentially the flip side of the coin for “what is good”.

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Rawgi
I agree it is up to the individual to determine what they feel is doing good. Myself I was raised Catholic and went to Parochial ... Read More
Monday, 31 October 2016 07:58
mgilmour
WOW! Thank you for your amazing comment....and yes, I feel the same about you. We seem to be both decent people who are making a l... Read More
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 02:58
Rawgi
I truly hope I don't sound like a nutcase they way I birdwalk and rant sometimes. I do mean well and sometimes get a bit involved... Read More
Thursday, 03 November 2016 07:51
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