I have been pondering something lately and I would like to share it with the ATS crowd and ask you what you think?
What is good and what is bad? Now I think 'good' is life, is creation, is growth and kindness, is endeavouring to do no harm. I think trying to align
with the life force [as I call it] and all creatures of the earth, be they winged, legged, finned or planted.
I try to live my life in a way that honours these deep feelings but I am not always successful, I get cross and snap at times - and feel guilty about
I agree with Chief Seattle: en.wikipedia.org...
‘’The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.”— Chief Seattle
The above and the below quote are exactly how I see the world.
‘’Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and
humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people... ‘’
Now the reason I ask the above question about good and bad is not to have a debate about the thoughts of great men and philosophers – all though
their thoughts are welcome.
What I really want to do is explore – what is good and what is bad.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated…I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the
more entitled it is to protection by [people] from the cruelty of [human kind]”—Mahatma Gandhi
I agree with Ghandi - many don't, why don't they ?
Anecdotally, I have heard that most people think they are ‘good ‘ and many people equate ‘good’ with ‘right’, therefore in many people’s
eyes, to be right is to be good.
Now this is where I think there is a problem, we can do all sorts of vile things, but as long as we can justify our ‘rightness’ then the
conscience is quiet ?
We see this in all areas of life –
Euthanasia in hospitals, disguised as aiding comfort, [Liverpool Pathway, Swiss death clinic] www.bbc.co.uk...
Eating veal [baby cows raised in crates without sunlight], in the name of tender cuisine.
Slaughtering animals in the name of protecting the environment or health: such as the badgers in Somerset,
America’s wild horses – being systematically slaughtered:
Brumbies, 17,000 wild horses in Queensland, www.environmentalgraffiti.com...
30,000 plus dolphins in Taiji, Japan, savejapandolphins.org...
Indian ring necked parakeets in Surrey to be culled - for being too successful as recent immigrants etc
War: in all its incarnations.
Violence – physical, mental, emotional.
I call this evil.
Most people do not – that immediately puts me at odds with ‘most’ people and immediately I am seen as the ‘baddie’.
Therefore am I bad? Am I bad because I often get upset by the turbulence and cruelty of this world, because I mourn the demise of forests and sentient
creatures such as the gorilla, the orang-utan?
Am I bad because this pain inside me – adds a sensitivity which means I find it very difficult to share my space with people who are mean and cover
this with a veneer of ‘niceness’.
I have to mix with these people – I work with them, I live near them, they are in my family, but I find it so hard.
I notice that the less sensitive and more selfish orientated individuals often have more ‘ success’ in their lives – in terms of career, homes,
etc. Often people look up to them.
Does that mean they are ‘good ‘even though that is not how I see them?
Personally, I have let’s say ‘issues’ with a sibling who I have not spoken to or seen for 10 years, this individual has lied about me, spread
untruths that have smeared my name and made my life very difficult in the ‘ family unit’. This person is seen by everyone else as ‘lovely’,
they make sure that they are at the centre of the family and invite everyone to their house at Christmas, excluding me.
One of my other siblings in getting married in Hawaii in August and I arranged a rented apartment to share with several other family members. However,
the ‘bad’ sibling – rang them all up separately and booked them all onto the flight that she had organised with her husband and children, - but
not me. I am fine, I make other arrangements - but the point is she deliberately excludes me and the rest of the family just say' oh you are as bad as
That is NOT how it is at all.
So the people I am sharing the apartment with are all travelling with this person and I have to make my own arrangements. I find this very odd.
Usually, I would consider that the group who are sharing the accommodation would travel together.
This sibling did this deliberately to exclude me, but everyone thinks she is ‘lovely’.
How can someone I see as really quite nasty and despicable towards me be so ‘lovely’?
This makes me question if I am bad and nasty and I have got it all wrong. I mean many are quite comfortable with this world are are at ease with the
way things are. as long as their needs are met. I am not - you could give me a billion dollars and I would still be heartbroken and senstive to
violence, actual or psychic.
But with a billion dollars I would have power to change some things and to lobby etc.
So if we all think we are good - who is really good ?
BTW I do believe in good and evil and please posters who are about to say ' I am a liar ' ' I call fake' ' photo or it never happened' and such like
do not post here thank you.
edit on 10-3-2013 by HelenConway because: (no reason given)