What makes a person a GOOD person?

1 Apr

This is something I have been struggling with for a while. Of course we all know the saying, “If you wonder whether you are a good person, you probably are” – but I think that is not right. Ghenghis Khan probably thought he was the good one. Hitler and Stalin may have thought so as well. Kim Jong Un possibly considers himself “one of the good guys”.

What is good for one may be insufficient or even bad for another person. And sometimes good intentions lead to horrible results. If you’re only trying to do the best and fail miserably – because you don’t have all the information or because you miscalculated – are you good or bad?

Basically I think that most people are neither good nor bad – they’re stupid and trying their best. But this still does not solve my problem.

I am cranky. I am impatient. I have a short temper. Sometimes I am passive aggressive. I feel the need to bitch, a lot. I am nice to my coworkers although I don’t like most of them, and would hit some of them with my car if I saw them in a dark alley. I don’t believe in the “organic” scam and have made my peace with being a carnivore. Sometimes I do not do something although it might be good for someone else just because I am lazy. I don’t like people in particular and mostly just want to be left alone. Ooooh, and I am judgemental as anything.

These are all less desirable qualities, I am sure. Some days I think I should try to be a better version of myself. And then again I think – I don’t have time for this. I am getting too old for this shit. Give me a break.

And then I think – be kind. Everyone is facing a hard battle.

Be kind – but take no sh*t.

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2 Responses to “What makes a person a GOOD person?”

  1. Norman Andrews April 2, 2016 at 10:05 pm #

    Who really knows what others are thinking, or who is really right or wrong.

    Norm.

  2. Magaly Guerrero April 30, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Good and Bad can never be objective. Not just for individuals, but even for entire cultures. I always go with what makes me comfortable and pleases me–yes, I’m selfish, and I have no problem with that. I think of me first, and then put the mask on the other guy. If not, we’ll probably both be miserable or dead.

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