Lets Think! (Day 8)
Posted by Project FireStarter on April 18, 2013
Today lets think about an age old question that we have all contemplated at one time or another.
‘What is Good and What is Evil?’
Most of us have this gift to determine what is just and unjust built inside us by just living life and experiencing both sides of good and evil. But do we really know?
People feel pity because they see someone that is suffering something terrible and feel the possibility of something similar happening to them, and people are cruel when they see no possibility that such a disaster might befall them. Essentially things can be labeled ‘Good and Evil’ though the laws of sovereign states and by individual people. Without law then ‘Evil’ behavior would be unjust. If we laws were never even brought into question would you know the difference between the two?
In contrast, what is ‘Good’?
We define ‘Good’ as that which is morally right and the desire to be approved, ‘Good’ is more based on morals and what you believe is the acceptable thing to do. Oddly enough, even some good has some evil in it.
Let’s say that you’re friend has just moved into a new apartment and he asks you to help him lug his stuff up stairs and into his new place. We think ‘If I help him move in and put effort towards making his life easier than he in turn will do the same for me’. It’s kind of a selfish way to go about doing something good if thats you’re mindset is to have the opportunity for the friend to return the favor, though I believe most of you reading this would do that favor simply to do the good deed and expect nothing in return because you’re all awesome like that !
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And as always, I leave you with this quote from the Dalai Lama
It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
My maternal grandfather was a Southern Baptist Minister. He taught me that God was a part of me, and I was a part of him. He told me that if I was going to do something and my heart started thumping and my palms got all sweaty, that was God telling me ‘no’. So I shouldn’t do it.
I still use his teaching to discern between good and evil. If my heart starts thumping and my palms get all sweaty, I feel that evil is near or that someone or something is evil. Vice versa, if I feel that I’m being blessed, I accept it as good.
I know that good and evil go much deeper than that, but as I try to stay in the present moment and take one minute at a time, what my grandfather taught me serves me well.
Read more about my grandfather and how he influenced my life at: https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/daily-prompt-180-degrees/
Read more ‘Happy Notes’ at: https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/category/happy-note/
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