What is ‘Good’?

I don’t think there are a lot of good people in this world.

This is a hard thing to for me say amongst the spiritual community because it is generally a very positive environment. The last thing I want is to bring negativity to one of the few corners of the world where members truly support and encourage each other. So let me clarify right from the get-go that I don’t mean this in a negative way. Just because I don’t think people are good doesn’t mean that I think people are bad.

I believe that ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are on extreme ends of the spectrum and most of us are somewhere in between. I don’t know many people who are ‘bad’, but everyone I know is capable of and has, at some point, behaved badly.

I have a friend who constantly talks about her how important her spirituality is to her. She preaches love and kindness and I believe that she truly believes in those things. And, yet, at the same time, she has this awful habit of making fun of strangers. Thinking about her, it makes me question what is ‘good’ and ‘bad’.

These qualities are hard to define. Is a person who says something hurtful in a moment of rage worst than a person who gives insincere compliments with selfish intentions? Do good deeds cancel out bad deeds? Is charity good when you expect something in return, whether it is acknowledgement or to reserve a spot in heaven?

What is ‘good’? What is ‘bad’?

I don’t think I’m good yet, but there are days when I believe that I’m good enough. Is that good?

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