What is good?

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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That is a tough one. I know that it can be different for everyone. Some people think mushrooms are good and others (like me) do not. What is good?  I can tell you the definition which is: To be desired or approved of and That which is morally right; righteousness. But I am not an authority on your life so I would err to try to tell you what is good for you. The answer is something you will have to figure out for yourself. I can tell you this though. For me when faced with difficult decisions it helps instead to ask what is good to ask will this harm someone?

I want a lot of things. I think everyone does. I want my children to grow up healthy and happy. I want my dad and mom to be proud, I want to make the special people in my life happy. When I have to make tough decisions I ask myself two things first will this cause harm to myself or anyone else and second will this help myself or anyone else. If it is something that will not harm and will help then that is an easy one it is good, but often there are things that will cause both harm and help. Falling in love and trusting someone other than oneself comes to mind.

Being in love is wonderful. Shakespeare still describes it best in his plays and sonnets. In a MidSummers Nights Dream he is succinct and to the point: “The course of true love never did run smooth”.  So is love good? With the right person love can be a transcendental journey, but with the wrong one love can be an evil fun house. So is love good? I guess the answer is it depends. I think part of growing up is learning to weigh out situations and determine what is good and what is bad. Everyone has their own way (I so almost typed weigh there) of doing this and that is fine with me.  It is just important to remember when you do this, that whatever is done will effect many people.  

I attached a picture to this post. The picture has a quote from the great Astro physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson when asked a question during a Reddit interview. In his quote he outlines his two main philosophies. Know more today about the world than yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. I think that these philosophies are very good!






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