Suggested by Tanya Long
Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Am I a good person? I am at that stage in my life (mid 70s) where I’m looking back, evaluating, summing up the highlights and the regrets. Underlining much of this self-searching is the question “Have I been a good person?”. This leads to a number of other questions that I invite you to consider:
· What does it mean to be a good person
· Where does our understanding of goodness come from
· Is it enough to have “good” feelings and “good” values if these are not backed up by action
· What prevents people from doing good – fear, greed, jealousy, lack of awareness, laziness, other
· Does one bad act, i.e. seriously injuring someone while driving under the influence, make one a bad person
· Why do we think it is so important to be, or be thought of as, a good person
· Are most of us under the illusion that we are better than we really are
· Why does social media make it so easy for good people to do bad things
· If you were absolutely certain that you would never be found out, are there bad things you would do
· Are there situations that justify good people doing bad things
Anne Frank “All of us are born with a basic goodness.” Do you agree?
Friedrich Nietzsche “There is not enough love and goodness in the world to permit giving any of it away to imaginary beings.” Spoken like a true humanist?
Stephen King “It’s better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.” What cost?
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